A look back: Lulu in 2017

 As the year draws to a close, I’d like to take a moment to look back on 2017. Lulu has had a pretty exciting and interesting year—so let’s roll that highlight reel

The Authors

We hosted 10 guest posters in 2017! We like to try to offer this opportunity to our authors and follows at least once a month – so if you want to share your self-publishing story, check out our guest posting guidelines!

Helping seniors publish is not an aspect of self-publishing Lulu often focuses on. In fact, it seems like every day we learn about a new way our platform helps unique groups print and publish their work.

Chris Greco, one of Lulu’s longest standing authors, had this in mind when he started teaching at a local senior center. He breaks through the mystery of self-publishing so seniors can share their wisdom and insight with another generation!

Stories can do more than amaze or amuse us. They have the power to transport us to another world, to help us understand ourselves and make sense of the otherwise incomprehensible.

Lynette Greenfield is one of Lulu’s most incredible authors. She gave an interview with us this year to share her story of adversity and triumph through literature. If anyone can inspire you to live your dreams and never give up, it’s Lynette!

Aaron Ozee

While whisking us away on magical adventures, stories can also teach us. About ourselves and the world, about others and about the human condition.

Aaron Ozee is a poet and children’s book author. He’s also a devote philanthropist, tying his literary ambitions to a greater goal to good for his community.

The Platform

Ask 10 Lulu authors what Lulu.com needs to do to improve and I bet 9 of them will say something to the effect of “update and upgrade.” I’m guessing that 10th one will say “more cats please” because this is the Internet.
None of these authors are wrong. Sadly, it’s unlikely we’ll be adding more cats to Lulu.com anytime soon. But we did make some big leaps forward in our platform in 2017!

These updates actually started in 2016 with the launch of Glasstree.com, Lulu’s academic publishing service. This site provided academic focused publishing options, but it also allowed us to begin testing a new publishing wizard.

2017 has been about development for Lulu. We’ve begun to put into place a new microarchitecture that I won’t attempt to explain because I’m not a developer or coder. But we’re being as forward-thinking as we can with our design so that staying on curve with new technology will never hold us back again.

To that end, we’ve introduced a Lulu Print API this fall. Most Lulu users won’t have any interest in plugging into our print network through an API connection—but the development of this API opens doors for more and better tools going forward.

Next year is going to be one of important growth for Lulu.

The World

If you follow Lulu’s social media or blogs at all, you probably know we’re super proud to be a certified B Corp company. What this means is that Lulu strives to be as environmentally and community conscious as we can. From composting our waste to volunteering locally, we each make it our personal goal to foster a healthier world.

Thanks to the efforts of our Lulu Green Team, the office is rich with plants. And we make good use of the free volunteer time Lulu offers—three paid days to volunteer—by heading over to the North Carolina Food Bank to help package foodstuffs; by working with the Durham Literacy Center to bring large print versions of classic literature to their members; and by joining Habitat for humanity to help build homes in the Raleigh area.

Lulu B Corps Certified Corporation

13 thoughts on “A look back: Lulu in 2017”

    1. Hey Robert,
      I found your book searching in our bookstore. Was there a problem with how it is displaying? If so, I recommend contacting our support team for assistance.

  1. James V. Potter

    Where is my list of projects? – James V. Potter – information below is new and revised

  2. That’s absolutely great! Thank you so much, Lulu. I am yet to publish through you but I am a big fan.

  3. thankyou for your help in 2017 that i can hold my words in my hand at last just a dream for so long sorry i am slow to learn but time isnt rel anyway May i bless you all atthe company in 2018 be gentle with yourselves your time energy and each other, (Mea Branch)

  4. A very happy new year to all the working professionals of lulu.com from ‘Technology User Lists’.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. Love having worked with you all for years now on an array of different types of books. I recommend lulu to everyone as the best self-publishing platform for usability, cost, quality and distribution. But, seriously disappointed about the lack of cats. This could be a make or break moment for lulu in terms of cats.

  6. Rajkumar Mukherjee

    A lovely publisher..friendly enough to teach and guide.Prints are absolutely beautiful.Take for example Prism by Ronald Wiseman 30 issues at a stretch.I’m inclined to publish my next book, maybe through Lulu.com.Happy New Year to you and your efficient team.

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