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Independent Authorship for the Senior Citizen

Senior citizens over 60 years old have a great deal of experience to impart to others, but sometimes they do not have their “visions” shared because of the complexity of writing and publishing their stories.  In most instances, the senior has access to word processing software, and the ability to use the software, but after writing their story has to wait for printers or traditional publishers to review and approve their stories.

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Help Senior Citizens tell Stories

This is where I come in. I’m an independent author with Lulu for almost 20 years (yep, he has been with Lulu almost from the very beginning!), and I teach at local senior centers in Baltimore Maryland about self-publishing and how to format and publish a person’s works so that they may share with others their knowledge and experience.  The course, entitled “Self-Publishing 101 for Independent Authors,” is taught with help from a study guide that I wrote and published on Lulu! 

Using this study guide, along with the many different types of books (children’s, fiction, non-fiction, and education) I also published over the years, I aim to make the publishing process simple and clear.

Guide to publishing

My first class was given at Parkville Senior Center near Baltimore and had several individuals that wanted to learn more about self-publishing.  The students actually had products in electronic form that they wanted to publish and Chris accommodated them through a step-by-step approach.  As a result, most students have published works with Lulu.  A sad chapter in this story is that one of the students completed his book, and has it published on Lulu and shortly after publishing his work passed away.  His book of poems is available for sale on Lulu, which has been a great consolation for his relatives, who know that he left something for his future generations.

The gift of knowledge and experience is something that is priceless and knowing that these individuals in the class have the ability to author a book that focuses on something they want to share is also priceless.  The fact that Lulu provides a platform for these individuals to express themselves makes them feel useful.  This, according to author Elie Wiesel, in his book “Night,” is something that can make the difference between life and death.

With Lulu as part of that platform, I’ve been able to make a great impact on the future independent authors; young heart, old smart.

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Chris Greco

With a combined 35 years of experience as a military officer, federal civilian and private industry combined, along with periodic teaching at the secondary and undergraduate levels, Chris has the perfect combination for writing everything from fiction to children's books.

7 thoughts on “Independent Authorship for the Senior Citizen”

  1. Hi Elaine,
    Unfortunately, I’m unable to access your account and make changes for you.
    I will speak with our customer service team to see if they can get this cleared up for you.

  2. Elaine Parker Adams

    Paul–I was unable to remove the “mature audience” label. Can you help?

  3. Elaine Parker Adams

    Paul–Thank you for providing this instruction. The service personnel that responded to my case were not helpful. First, the response was that it was my book and that I should know. When asked how many titles received the classification, I was told that I could go through the titles and check myself. I did look up a title called Sex and immediately learned methods to get high legally. There was no disclaimer. It seems to me that Lulu needs to do a policy review on this matter.

  4. Hi Elaine,
    Most likely the ‘Mature Audience’ option was unintentionally selected. You can turn this off easily though!
    Just log in and click on the title of your book. There should be a check box marked for ‘Mature’ that you can uncheck to remove the age limitation.

  5. Elaine Parker Adams

    I am a senior citizen who has recently published through Lulu. I was very surprised to learn that my book is posted in the Lulu bookstore with a warning that age verification is required for purchase. No one at Lulu has explained to me the reason for this limitation. If someone had, I am sure that we could have resolved the concern. I do feel that the age requirement may limit my book sales. The book is suitable for both adult and young adult readers.

  6. Thank you for such, I am amaze and always thought of maybe someday someone will help, I mean really help the seniors like myself and seems like you are already doing that. I wish I had read this sooner. I am in the process of publishing with Lulu but still waiting ( almost a year) nothing had happened yet. If you can check it out that will be wonderful. Thanks and keep your good work.

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