On April 17th we welcomed a group of students (or future authors?) who wanted to learn about Lulu and self-publishing.
After sharing a snack of donuts and juice in the Pulitzer meeting room, we talked about how books get from computer to publisher to bookstore. We then provided a brief history of Lulu.com, how it was conceived, and how print-on-demand self-publishing differs from traditional publishing.
The students were really well prepared with questions about content, editing, formats, revenue, distribution
Meet Lulu Junior
The last stop on the tour included a demonstration of how our Lulu Junior book-making kits are received, scanned, typeset, and prepared for binding. Then gave each future author a book-making kit. They opened the kits and we hosted a tutorial on developing a good plot, storyboarding, and character creation. Ready to create, we ended with instructions for returning the kits for printing.
A few days after the tour, we received the following message from the group’s leader.
“I’ve heard nothing but fantastic comments about our time spent with Lulu, and there are many children hard at work on their LuluJr kits. I can’t wait to see the finished products! Thank you for your time and generosity and for sharing your expertise in the publishing world. These opportunities give our children not only great writing information, but also information about jobs, careers, and helps them steer their higher-level education in knowledgeable ways. Thank you very much.”
We are also grateful for the opportunity to share our daily tasks with this group of students. Their visit served as a welcome reminder that 100 people working in an office in Raleigh, NC can have a positive effect on the lives of authors, educators