They Called Me the Kid Who Typed Things


There has never been a time in my life when I have not considered myself a writer. However, making the jump from “kid who types things” to “published author” was always my goal. Lulu helped me realize that goal in a way that wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago.

When I was in middle school, there were very few print-on-demand companies. The ones that did exist required a lot of money upfront, most of which went toward ordering copies of your book in bulk. Either you distributed all of them by hand or you let the extra copies waste away in some warehouse. As a 14-year-old with no income, this was not a viable option. So, for me self-publishing meant printing a copy of my fantasy novel The Country of Eoforwicke at Kinko’s, getting it bound for about $15, then selling copies at a $2 mark-up to my friends —a fee which I often waived in order to get anyone to read my work.

Fast forward to 2014

I have finally completed my first novel, Fragments from 5th Ave, a Gastbyesque adventure of finding your friends and your future following college graduation. As I explored my options for getting this novel published, my past experiences with Kinko’s kept coming to mind and I assumed I would be doing something similar this time around.

Fragments from 5th Ave
Fragments from 5th Ave

Fragments from 5th Ave By Ryan P. C. Trimble

In the fall of 1922, David Moran returns to North Carolina to finish his studies following a less than satisfactory six months spent in Paris. In search of a place to stay for the semester, he answers an intriguing classified ad and soon moves into a house with three complete strangers. What follows are five wild and eye-opening months in that unforgettable house as the four, formerly unknown to each other, bond and grow during the last summer before their adult years take hold.


While perusing printing possibilities, I happened upon Lulu. I have no idea what directed me to the site, but as I researched the company, my mind was ignited with the possibilities it could bring (as well as excited by the fact that it was based in North Carolina, my home state). No more would I have to worry about boxes of books sitting, ignored, in some warehouse, nor would I have to painstakingly create a book by hand and lose money in the process. I thought of my friends in the independent filmmaking scene and realized then that I was looking at the YouTube of book publishing. Just like in middle school, nothing would stop me from doing what I loved, even if I had to invent solutions—but now, I had a myriad of customizable solutions to choose from.

At 24, I am by no means an old man, but I have been fortunate enough in my lifetime to see the Internet bring to the fore things which were previously unattainable to the vast majority of people. Among them: the vibrant self-publishing industry which I am proud to count myself a member of as a Lulu writer.

I am no longer just a kid who types things. I am a published author, and there’s nothing left for me to do but conquer the world—and with Lulu, I know I can.


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Guest Blogger: Ryan P. C. Trimble

Ryan P. C. Trimble has been writing since he first found (and promptly broke) his great-grandmother’s typewriter as a toddler. Since then, Ryan has gone on to write sketch comedy, newscasts and now, a novel (Fragments from 5th Ave. in 2014). He is currently at work on his second book, What We Turned on 23rd, which he hopes to publish later this year. Raised in North Carolina, he now lives in Chicago with one of his best friends and his cat, Roger Hux Trimble.

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