We’re well into December, and it’s almost the end of the year, but let’s take a minute to talk about last month. How did you spend your November? Maybe getting ready for the change in seasons or braving crowds to get a head start on holiday shopping? If you participated in NaNoWriMo you can add “writing an entire novel” to that list. Fifty thousand words in thirty days is no small feat so first things first: congratulations! Now that you’ve got everything all typed up and had some time to go over it, the most important question is…what’s next? You wrote your book in record time, so why not publish it just as quickly? Lulu has the professional publishing services to put a little shine on things and get your work ready for the world.
They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but let’s be honest, a nice cover goes a long way and can hook a customer before the first page is even turned. You had one intense month to focus on your vision, so don’t you want that vision properly showcased at first glance? Our designers have you covered with a template-based Basic design or a more unique and comprehensive Premium design. Whichever you go for you can be sure that your book gets the attention it deserves from the very beginning.
You know one of the main rules of NaNoWriMo: just write! There’s no time to go back and proofread or rewrite. While your book may be finished it’s probably far from polished, even if you’ve had a chance to reread it. You might have dropped a plot thread, accidentally changed a character’s name, or mixed up “there,” “their,” and “they’re” a few too many times. It happens. Luckily, Lulu’s Editorial Quality Review will give you an idea of how much tinkering your manuscript needs and recommend a level of editing to clean everything up.
Writing a book isn’t just about the story that’s being told, it’s also about how it’s told. You want your readers focused on your plot and characters, your details and settings, and not wondering why this sentence suddenly drops down a line or why that paragraph starts halfway down the page. Chances are you weren’t too concerned about all of that when you were trying to get anything written and didn’t care where it went on the page but it’s nothing that our professional formatting can’t handle. Whether you only have text you want laid out or you also have pictures that need to be placed with care, your book will be easy on the eyes from start to finish.
Technology is great, isn’t it? After all, you were able to type up your story in the short span of a month, make use of the helpful NaNoWriMo website, and get it published with Lulu. Show technology your appreciation by making your book available as an eBook, too. It’ll be formatted so it’s ready to be viewed on any number of eReader devices and be sent to eBook retailers like Apple’s iBookstore and Barnes & Noble’s NOOK.
More than one of those services catch your eye? We’ve got publishing packages that combine the best of everything we offer at prices significantly discounted when compared to buying them individually. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get access to Lulu’s retail distribution channels and you’ll work a dedicated project manager to ensure that everything goes smoothly along the way.
You may have thought that typing that fifty-thousandth word was the end, but it was really just the beginning. As you can see there’s a lot left to do, and after your book’s ready to sell there’s even more you can do to get the word out, from publicity services and promotional materials to book fairs and reviews. You’ve only just scratched the surface, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. You wrote your book and that’s the hard part. Lulu is here to take care of the rest.
Colin Lalley writes for the Lulu Blog – Archived