12 thoughts on “Lulu and the Trojan Horse”

  1. Interesting… Lezard wasn’t pre­ju­diced, because he hadn’t heard of Lulu. Had he known about it, he’d have known it was a PoD oper­a­tion, and might not have been so well-dis­posed.

  2. I think you’re right, Tim. In fact, I wrote a com­ment about that in the first draft of this post. It cer­tainly would have put a dif­fer­ent spin on things…

  3. Weird, isn’t it? I wish I could find his email address, but the Guardian’s web­site is tight­er than a duck’s arse.

  4. I think it is not sur­pris­ing that a main­stream book review edit­or has not heard of Lulu. (I don’t know if this is true in this par­tic­u­lar case, but I know if book review edit­ors at major pub­lic­a­tions to whom blog­ging and inter­net pub­lish­ing is a vague haze).
    Another inter­est­ing use of POD/Lulu, as a friend and col­league Henry Gee has found, is that an author can use the ser­vice to pro­duce a nicely bound and prin­ted copy of the mss for his agent and oth­ers– it is cheap­er to get the book “pub­lished” by Lulu and for the agent and poten­tial pub­lish­ers to down­load from there, rather than for the author and agent to go to photocopying/binding/postage costs, and the end product much nicer to read than a bound/posted manu­script.

  5. Hi Maxine — Hope you’re keep­ing well. Yes, I’ve used Lulu to pro­duce cop­ies of my own manu­scripts (mostly to help me see the thing in book form; my agent seems to prefer send­ing my book elec­tron­ic­ally). I think Lulu is great for that kind of thing. It’s still a shame, though, that a lit­er­ary journ­al­ist hasn’t heard of Lulu…

  6. As Maxine says, I’m using Lulu as a handy way of provid­ing copy to inter­ested read­ers … but I have also star­ted pub­lish­ing on it in earn­est. If most books only sell a tiny num­ber of cop­ies, the cur­rent pub­lish­ing mod­el, heavy with middle­men (agents, pub­lish­ers, whole­salers, book­shops) is not cost-effect­ive. Better for an author to con­trol the means of pro­duc­tion. And, as I have found, exhil­ar­at­ing.

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