Whether you’re a budding literary master, an edgy new essayist, or just want to publish your personal memoir for your family, there are a number of self-publishing sites out there that can get a physical book into your hand in a very short amount of time, with little to no monetary investment on your part. They can even help you sell your book online. One of the best and most popular is Lulu.
With today’s technology, you no longer have to print a run of 1,000 books to get started. Today, Print On Demand (POD) technology makes it easy for anyone to print one copy of a book at a very low cost. With Lulu, you simply sign up and submit your book for free. Then you can buy individual copies for yourself or post your book for sale on Lulu.com. When someone buys your book online, you split the cost and profits with Lulu. It’s a pretty good deal and doesn’t cost you any money up front. Each copy is paid for at each purchase.
1) Write your book
Lulu is not a publishing house, and it does not have agents. They won’t accept book proposals. You need to write your book first then publish it. But that shouldn’t be a problem for you. You’ve already written a masterpiece.
2) Edit your book
Again, because Lulu is not a book publisher, you’ll need to find your own editor to read over your manuscript, give you suggestions, or fix any typos and errors you might have. Freelance editors are easy to find, if you don’t know one personally. Or Lulu offers a paid editing service where you can polish up your book for publication.
3) Format your book
You can’t just send Lulu a few Word files and expect your book to come out great. You’ll need to layout your pages in the right size and format for publishing and then upload your final file to Lulu. Again, many editors can also help you do your book layout and give you the right file to upload to Lulu. But, Lulu also has a formatting service that you can buy to make sure the pages of your book are ready for publication.
4) Design your cover
Once you’re done with writing, editing, and formatting the inside of your book, it’s time to turn to the cover. If you are not artistically inclined, you can try and recruit a graphic designer to help you with your cover, of you can use Lulu’s online cover designer. Their cover designer already has a load of interesting templates for your cover, and you can add whatever text you want in a number of fonts. The best part about using the Lulu cover designer is that you don’t have to worry about getting the size right, it’s already done for you.
5) Sell, sell, sell
Once you’ve got all the other steps done, Lulu will put your book up on their site for sale. You set the price and discounts, and they provide a means for your book to reach all your family, friends, and the rest of the world. Promote your book to websites, blogs, and more and you’ll begin to see your sales rise in no time.
Diane Johnson primarily writes about online classes and anything else that interests her. She enjoys traveling, reading, and sports.