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Lulu.com Drop Their Popular ‘Publish By You’ Option

Lulu.com Drop Their Popular ‘Publish By You’ Option

Lulu have today announced further changes to their publishing process and distribution service, which on the face of it, is a further retrograde step backwards in their position as a brand-leading author solution services provider. The core change today is the announcement of the removal of the popular ‘Publish By You’ service. Here is part


Authors’ Chance Ltd: Son or Father of Diggory Press?

While the next hearing in the Diggory Press court case in the UK is not set to go ahead until November of this year, there has been a very significant development on the publishing side of matters for Diggory Press, Exposure Publishing, their self-publishing wing, and all their contracted authors. A quick browse through the


Lulu Through The Looking Glass

Lulu Lens was set up as an interactive forum for feedback from Lulu authors. While understandably, Lulu pitch this feedback forum as a means for them to improve their overall services—there is no doubt much of the impetus is to address a number of issues highlighted by authors in their own Lulu discussion forum as

POD TV – Program 12: Randy Schmidt – Editor at University of British Colombia

Randy Schmidt, Editor at University of British Colombia addresses graduates about their first approaches to publishers – what to expect and what to look for in a reputable publisher. While Schmidt is specifically speaking about academic submitted manuscripts and thesis – much of his advice holds strong for any author submitting to a publisher. Learn


Booksurge US – (see CreateSpace)

UPDATE NOVEMBER, 2009. Booksurge has now merged under the CreateSpace brand.Announcement news. Related articles Amazon Japan Launches Print-On-Demand Program for Publishers (mickrooney.blogspot.com) to self-publish or not self-publish (victoryates.wordpress.com) Create Space Helps First Time Authors Like Taren Wilson The Writer of Novel,The Life Of Mouse. – (takingonacause.com) Amazon Announce Breakthrough Novel Award Finalists (mickrooney.blogspot.com) Abbott Press


Diggory Press Court Case Moves Forward To November 2009

The remaining few claimants in the Diggory Press court case, which was previously scheduled to go ahead in March 2010, have now been requested to appear before a senior judge for a hearing in November this year. This follows several unsuccessful orders from the court for all parties to pursue Alternative Dispute Resolution. ADR requires


Lulu Announce Customer Service Improvements

Today Lulu announced some improvements in their customer care in another effort to re-address the imbalance created by recent changes to Lulu processes and staffing cut backs. Whatever you argue about how recent changes at Lulu have been detrimental to customer care and business – Lulu do good apologies! On the Lulu blog, Sandra Parker,


Diggory Press: The Journey So far & The Quest For Truth

It is a story of intrigue, deception, fraud, defamation, theft, forgery, religious persecution, death threats, hatred, subterfuge and much more, culminating in investigations by the British Police Force, Scotland Yard, An Gardai (Irish Police Force) and I have even encountered unsubstantiated claims of Interpol being involved; resulting in, at first, small claims court actions, and


Lulu – Your Hem Is Showing (Blush or be Damned)

I get a lot of correspondence from authors week to week and one of the most common themes seems to be the amount of authors who are finding better resources outside of Lulu. This includes using author solution services offered by Createspace and Lightning Source as well as working directly with Amazon’s own publishing programs.


Self-Publishing Reasons To Be Cheerful – Part 3 or (Sheila, Take A Bow)

A comment from Sheila851 was left on yesterdays Self-Publishing Reasons To Be Cheerful – Part 2 and it was extremely thought provoking and I think very much encapsulates how self published authors feel about ‘standard’ publishing and why so many are more than cheerful to pursue self-publishing despite its stigmas and challenges for authors. Here