To all authors formerly affiliated with Tate Publishing, please allow me to introduce myself: I’m Kathy Hensgen, COO of Lulu Press, the world’s first online, independent publishing company. I consider it a sad day when an outlet for free expression closes or “suspends operations” as Tate Publishing recently announced. Based on what I’m reading online, I understand why many of you are upset and feel your trust has been betrayed.
I implore you not to give up
We are here to support you through this transition. Lulu was founded in 2002 on the belief that authors and society benefit when the barriers to publishing are removed allowing information and ideas to flow freely. We truly care about our authors and their readers. We have the industry’s best, US-based customer support team.
Also, I have some good news for you: publishing with Lulu is free! We are print-on-demand, so you only pay for the books you choose to purchase. We have a do-it-yourself platform allowing you to publish and distribute your books and ebooks to a worldwide audience. There are no hidden fees, no upfront costs, and no need to purchase books for inventory. – everything is transparent and totally up-front.
In the coming days and weeks, we hope you will take a moment and visit us at Lulu.com. With Lulu, you can upload the files and cover designs you already have and distribute your books and ebooks to online bookstores stores around the world including the Amazon bookstore.
With the troubles Tate Publishing faced and the strain of finding a new publisher, we want to help ease the transition.
If you have any questions about how we can help, send us an email.
We recently read that Tate was charging authors $50 for the return of their files. We will foot half of that bill by giving you $25 off your first order of $50 or more. Just give us a call at the number above to speak to someone on our support team. We are here to help.
Really impressed with the concept of publishing and promoting upcoming talent.
It is nice to know that there are so many people that help new publishers/authors to spread their book worldwide. I hope you keep helping publishers in spreading their words to web readers.
@Adam Becker – thank you for your kind words. Everyone here is a bit of an idealist. We work hard to help make publishing dreams come true for writers of all sorts – regardless of whether the book is intended for personal interest or destined for retail glory.
I have been with Lulu publishing my book since 2007 or 8 and they are the best. This is the best publishing company there is. I have gotten my book out to many people and the support team has been top notch.
@Patti – the manufacturing price is determined by book size, number of page, binding type, and whether the book will be printed in B&W or color. If you go to http://www.lulu.com/create, you can choose the print and binding options you want, enter the number of pages and the calculator will display the manufacturing price per book.
I’m interested in publishing my children’s alphabet book . I like the idea of purchasing the finished product as you need them . What is the average cost of a 26 page picture book ? Thank you , Patti