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Welcome to the Lulu UK Blog where we look forward to chatting about our services and the publishing industry and writing in the UK and Ireland.

3 Ways Lulu makes the World a Better Place

 

It’s pretty trendy these days for businesses to tout their environmental and social efforts. Feel good ad campaigns that feature lots of flowery imagery and expound the company’s conscientious and caring for issues like the environment, employee well-being, or social justice.

Here at Lulu, we feel that it is too easy these days for a company to talk a lot about what they do. We’re more interested in actually doing things. We try to put our money where our mouth is.

At no time during the year is it more important to acknowledge the effort to do good than during April—Earth Month!

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Are you a young writer? We share our 5 top tips to help you with your writing

At Lulu we are passionate about encouraging young writers to fulfil their potential, which is why we are proud to support Brighton Festival 2018 Peacock Poetry Prize celebrating young poets aged 11-19. We want to nurture and inspire all young writers so we’ve listed our top 5 tips to get you on your way.

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Brighton Festival Everyday Epic Short Story Anthology publishes today

We are delighted to announce the publication of the Brighton Festival and nabokov theatre Everyday Epic Short Story Anthology which published today.

Over the month of May 2017 people from diverse walks of life came together to form the Storytelling Army. Throughout the Brighton Festival the army told their individual, and sometimes very painful, stories across Brighton. The Anthology brings together all those stories into one book. Combined with these stories are four short stories from the lucky winners of the Everyday Epic Writing competition which we ran in conjunction with the Storytelling Army.  You can read more about the lucky winners in these blog pages.

This was an amazing project and the first of its kind worldwide. You can read these amazing tales of how everyday people handled or overcame their own ‘everyday epic’.

You can purchase copies of this fantastic book at
http://www.lulu.com/…/every…/paperback/product-23543811.html

Lulu and Writing Magazine’s novel competition winner Ute Manecke shares her thoughts with us

Ute is the lucky winner of the Lulu and Writing Magazine’s joint adult novel writing competition and we asked her to tell us about her day job and also about what inspires her to write. Ute lives in Milton Keynes and works as a librarian at the Open University.

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Lulu and Writing Magazine’s adult novel competition winner announced

Lulu.com teamed up with Writing Magazine at the end of  2017 to run an adult novel writing competition with the winner receiving  a complete publishing package, including marketing and promotion.

We were looking for a previously unpublished novel manuscript which has obvious mass appeal and deserves to reach a wider audience.

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Enhance and promote your small business with your indie published book using Lulu API software

The saying goes that everyone has a book in them. But what if that book of yours isn’t a novel or a collection of short stories?  It could be a guide, a masterclass, a how-to, or a personal account relating to your services that would enhance and promote your business.

You could be a sole trader or small business owner – a speaker, personal trainer, life coach, designer, interior decorator, crafter, consultant or entrepreneur. Whatever you specialise in, a book could be the making of you and your business, helping you stand out from your competitors.

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What does it mean to be a self-published author in 2018?

Many authors look forward to a new year. More than most crafts, writing, although a solitary occupation, also divides itself into seasons. At the start of the year there’s everything to play for: a new crop of prizes to aim for, a new festival circuit to plan, new events, finish that book, start that book, new readers, more challenges, more opportunities.

As a self-published author embracing 2018, it’s worth spending a little time on pondering what those opportunities look like. They may be more varied – and potentially more lucrative – than you think.

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Lulu UK Focus on: Best tips for writing fiction

author-bio-jamesLULU UK recently asked published crime author Christina James for her best tips for writing fiction. Christina is also a book editor, a frequent speaker at literary festivals and creative writing groups and also runs writing surgeries. Her first crime novel, In the Family, was published in 2012.

 

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How do I make money as an author?

Why do authors write?   Why put themselves through long hours toiling alone, often having to scrap the whole day’s output when mature reflection on the following day tells them their words are fit only for the recycle bin? Why do they abandon ‘safe’ careers or put them on hold, compromise their financial position, truncate their social lives, just so that they can write?

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