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Writers' Cafe / Re: Lulu Question
« on: October 07, 2019, 06:35:22 pm »
Thanks. I'll let you know. This stage is called Global Distribution where, of particular interest to me is that if it passes, it would be sent to Ingram. The paperback of my book shows up on Amazon, which would get the paperback from Lulu, so I guess that it's available now from Amazon. I appreciate your interest.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Lulu Question
« on: October 07, 2019, 11:01:49 am »
Thanks. Nevertheless, are you (or anybody else here) skilled to format my manuscript per Lulu guidelines? I think that it would be a long-shot if Lulu screens my submission and finds it totally compliant with the above instructions. The company will email me to report individual deficiencies. (The paperback looks fine to me.) I've bookmarked this topic and will check back after I get the notification from Lulu to see if anybody is interested.

Writers' Cafe / Lulu Question
« on: October 06, 2019, 10:35:52 pm »
I'm not very good at any of the stuff mentioned on this board except for writing. I submitted a .pdf to Lulu and, in reply, I was told that it would take 6 - 8 weeks for what it calls Global Distribution. My book already appears to be available on Amazon, but I'm still especially interested in Ingram. Here are the requirements in case my .pdf needs some more work (the email said that I would get specifics). Does anybody here use Lulu? After I get the next reply from Lulu, I will ask you what would it cost to have you fix the manuscript. The cover worked fine and looks great.


The industry requires that your book adhere to certain standards, and it is up to you to ensure your books meet these requirements. If your book is submitted before it meets these requirements, it will be rejected and your book distribution will be delayed while you make the corrections to bring your book into compliance.

Your book must comply with the following requirements to be eligible for distribution.
Requirements for all book covers

    The title, subtitle, and author name must be present on the front cover of your book and must match the metadata you provided for your book. What is metadata?
    Note: Amazon will reject content that includes text on the cover not present in the metadata. This includes reviews or "by" separating the title and author.
    If including the retail price on the cover, it must exactly match the retail price for the book. Lulu does not add the price to the book cover.
    Lulu recommends that you do not display prices in multiple currencies on your cover. If you include a retail price on the cover, choose the currency in which the book was originally priced, otherwise daily currency fluctuations will create a mismatch between the price printed on the cover and the actual retail price, resulting in your book being rejected for distribution.
    Keep all important text and images at least 0.375"/0.9525 cm (.25"/0.635 cm bleed area + .125"/0.3175 cm safety area) from all sides (including the spine) of the cover. This area may be trimmed off or obscured by the cover bend.
    IMPORTANT: B&W 8.5 x 11"/21.59 x 27.94 cm books will be printed at 8.25" x 11"/20.955 x 27.94 cm through the retail channels. You may need to increase the distance of any text or images from the edges to take these dimensions into account.
    Spine text can be printed on books containing 80 or more pages.
    NOTE: While Lulu and many of our print partners can print spine text on books with as few as 80 pages, some retail printers require books to contain at least 130 pages to print on the spine. Therefore when ordering from different retailers, you should expect inconsistencies in spine printing for books with 80-130 pages. 
    Spine text must be at least .0625" / 0.159 cm away from all edges of the spine.
    Additional requirements for one-piece covers:
        Use these dimensions
        Cover must have correct 13-digit ISBN/EAN
        Bar codes must be provided in black and white
        Bar codes should be 1.75" wide x 1" high (4.445 x 2.54 cm)
        All text and images should be high resolution (600 dpi). Please be sure the images or text are not blurry or overlapping other elements on the cover (including the barcode).

Requirements for book interiors

    If you are uploading your manuscript in PDF format, it must be created using a suitable PDF creation software. For more information, see: Recommended PDF Creation Programs.
    If you are uploading a manuscript in Microsoft office or another word processing format, Lulu will convert it to PDF format.
    Embed all fonts (and all font family members used) when distilling the PDF.
    Printing is not available on the inside of front and back covers. This means your first page starts on the right hand side.
    Book must have a Title page, which must match the metadata Title, subtitle and author name you provided.
    Book must have a Copyright page with your correct 13-digit ISBN/EAN and a copyright notice. The Copyright page must come after the Title page. Example:

        © 2014 Lulu Author. All rights reserved.
        ISBN 978-1-234-56789-1

    Final page of each book must be completely blank.  No page numbers, headers, footers, lines, etc.
    The total page count must fall within the specified range (found here) based on your size and binding type
    Margins must be at least .5"/1.27 cm on all sides. The left margin must be equal to the right margin, and the top margin must be equal to the bottom margin.
    Depending on the binding style selected, a gutter, or additional left margin, may be added to the document. Click here for a pictorial depiction of margins and gutter
    Page numbering must be correct. No page numbers may be skipped or repeated. A page can go without a number, but it must be counted and consistent. Each page must have only one page number.  If you include a table of contents, the pagination in your manuscript must match the pagination in the table of contents.
    There should be no more than two (2) consecutive blank pages at the start or middle of an interior file, and/or 10 consecutive blank pages at the end of an interior file. For readers, excessive blank pages can be mistaken for missing or unprinted text. If you wish to use blank pages, you must indicate that the page is intended to be blank. For example, you may use lines running across the page to signify a place for writing or note taking or use a header stating the page is for “Notes” or was “Intentionally Left Blank."
    All files should be submitted at high-resolution (between 300 dpi and 600dpi).
    If you include old or historical images, please add a caption describing the image. Images with old or degraded contents may be rejected by retailers if they do not include a caption.
    If any page in the book will have color or images that extend to the edge of a page (full bleed), format the entire document according to the full bleed specifications.
    There can be no mention or insinuation of a CD-ROM or any additional inserts being included with your book.
    Text must be clear and readable, no overlapping text layers, cut off text, or poorly scanned text images.
    The interior file color must match the metadata. If the metadata indicates the interior is color, but file is black and white, Amazon is unable to convert a black and white book into color.
    The language in the interior must match the language selected in the metadata.
    If your interior uses a Header, any instances of the author, title, or subtitle must match the metadata.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 09, 2019, 06:58:17 pm »
No, thanks. But, I'm not really concerned about reviews. This thread seemed to expand well beyond the OP and it kind of drug me with it. I presented a famous author's view of book reviews. That's all. Later, I said that I would adhere to his perspectives when reviewing novels. That's about it really.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 09, 2019, 06:34:12 pm »
I'm not recommending anything beyond this board. A customer opinion is fine, but for those of us involved in writing, imo, a customer opinion is different than a review of a work. I strive to improve my reviews beyond simply customer opinion. But, if you don't, that's okay too. Frankly, it does feel weird when you say "warn others." If you write an honest review, others will make up their minds -- a "warning" feels condescending but that's prob just me. When checking out a book on Look Inside before I decide to review it, I disregard most opinions of a book that have weak bases, such as likes or not.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 09, 2019, 06:07:42 pm »
I was sticking with the OP. Nevertheless, why would you review a book that you know you will hate from the Look Inside? Assuming that no other factors are motivational, such as dislike for an author for personal reasons or competitiveness, it makes no sense to me. 

Also, and maybe I'm naive, but I feel like a review should be more than a customer opinion of a book as you suggested. Yes, everyone has a right to express their opinions about products, as long as they are pure and honest. But, this thread seems to be going someplace negative that I refuse.   

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 09, 2019, 02:46:11 pm »
This comment may be off-topic as I doubt that Vonnegut was familiar with the types of books that Tilly described as horrible -- back in the day, everything was professionally edited to the max. However, in reply to Tilly, for some reason I get asked to review a lot of books. Usually, I'm just too busy to entertain reading and writing a review. In the rare cases when I can see the light of day, if I am initially interested in a book, the first thing that I do is to check out the Look Inside. If I find a book as low quality as Tilly described, I simply decline to review it. Actually, that's never happened to me, but that's what I would do. I wouldn't agree to review a book that I knew that I'd absolutely hate and then write a negative, especially not a one star review. Nobody is the guardian of the literature universe by protecting the public from bad books. lol

Another thing, there are books that I feel incompetent to review. Superficially, the book may appear to be full of errors, but there are lots of writing styles that don't fit conventional expectations, especially if a reader is looking for another cookie-cutter type novel. For example, I reviewed a book by a wonderful, subsequently award winning author. I think that I did a good job and was as objective as possible, not just because I liked the book, but because it was so well put together on a topic that I wasn't particularly into at the beginning of the read. Later, this same woman asked me to review her next book. I checked it out, just like always with all books on Look Inside, but had to decline. It was written in stream of consciousness like the famous author James Joyce. I would not have been a competent reviewer. There are lots of experimental styles of writing that I love, but this one was just not a good fit for me to review. My decline did not hurt the author's feelings and this book went on to achieve some minor fame as well as her earlier book. If I would have decided to review it and had written a negative review, well, looking back, that would have been egg on my face.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 08, 2019, 02:11:18 pm »
Maybe you are correct, but that's not been my experience. Your analysis may apply more to traditionally published works than to mine. My novel started out as a small press publication. The company took care of everything at its own expense, including sending me boxes of books, the covers, editing, etc. When it went defunct to concentrate on a magazine it published, it transferred all rights and assets to me and even donated money to the charity that I'm raising money to help.

I learned how to start the self-publishing process here at Kboards. Thanks. My experience with journals, newspapers, magazines, etc. has been that they have slush piles of too many books to review and one must specialize the pitch to have any hope of getting noticed. It's highly competitive. Sure, lots of people may not recognize, as examples, The Missouri Review or the Midwest Review, Readers Digest, Publishers Weekly, Awesome Indies, Reader's Favorite.... My novel was also reviewed by an affiliate of the oldest fantasy society in the world (existing long before the internet) and the longest standing science fiction website in the world. Some people may not recognize these sources or Amazing Stories as a magazine or remember the highly prominent Tales of the Talisman, a paper only magazine that has since gone defunct. (If permissible, I would share that review with you now.) My novel was reviewed by a contributor of the New York Review of Science Fiction. The most prominent science fiction author in the world at this time read it and wrote a blurb. If you scroll above, one commentator on this thread didn't even recognize Vonnegut as an author. So, I guess one's value of a review of a book just depends on a lot of things. Nevertheless, it has been my experience that it takes focus and luck for a book to make it through the slush piles of many places, including private book sites. And, none of these places are soliciting for indie books, especially not Publishers Weekly, and don't need any more books.

I don't want you to think that I'm stuck on pursuit of prominence. Last week, one of my short stories was published in The Stylus. This is a cross between a mag and a zine that doesn't have advertisements and is devoted to Poe. There is no web site and I don't think that it is even for sale, I don't know. But, I liked what I'd seen in the mag and decided to write a short story for it. There was no compensation and I will receive very little recognition, if any, but it felt right.

The last thing I want to say is that if I review a book by any contributor to this thread I will adhere to Vonnegut's advice. I will not put on a full suit of armor and attack your book as if it was a hot fudge sundae. I will try to stay objective. I wrote a review a couple of weeks ago for a nonfiction and, I think, did a good job in the role as book reviewer.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 07, 2019, 01:52:46 pm »
On request by Herefortheride: Okay, I'll post another review in the proper thread, but it is not a five star review, in part, because it was published by a newspaper that doesn't subscribe to the star system. Nor, does the newspaper post on Amazon. This is true for a lot of reviewers by journals, etc. It appears to me, but I could be wrong, that persons employed as book reviewers by journals and magazines maintain a distance from their work and anything that could be considered marketing. My book received almost 400 reviews before I stopped soliciting for reviews. Only a fraction appear on Amazon. (Of course, I have never paid for a review as you alleged. I'm sure that some of these reviewers got paid for their jobs like any other profession, but that has nothing to do with me.) While a professional review, positive or critical, may cause one to feel warm and fuzzy by connection to prominence, I don't know what to do with these reviews. They were published then fade into obscurity since I don't have any money to market them. A few of them are mentioned as Editorial Reviews on Amazon with a short excerpt. The review that I will post in a minute is one of these types. I believe that Vonnegut was talking about these types of reviews -- he sure never had to pay anyone to review his work. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 06, 2019, 05:30:58 pm »
"A lot of people hated Vonnegut, saying he didn’t know the rules of good writing. But that wasn’t true. Vonnegut knew the rules quite well, he just chose to ignore them, and that is what is happening in __________ novel, as well."

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 05, 2019, 06:36:58 pm »
Wow! I just wanted to share one of my favorite author quotes and the reactions have been very interesting and educational. Thanks

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 05, 2019, 02:11:16 pm »
I agree, and sexism -- discriminatory eligibility against women have existed for a very long time in other pursuits. Only recently, have women been regarded as capable of high mathematics, science, and a host of other professions, including soccer where they are still fighting for equal pay based on revenue compared to males.

I can't site the source now, but one biased review essentially called Heinline's Stranger in a Strange Land trash. Of course, other reviews were highly complimentary and we all know how that turned out. Book Reviewing is innately human and total objectivity would, therefore, be impossible. Good book reviewers strive. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 05, 2019, 12:47:03 pm »
Literature's market has changed and I'm sure no expert, so I would be a poor choice as a reviewer on that topic. There was a time when Book Reviewer was a profession and Reviewers were employed by Literary Journals, Newspapers, and Magazines. Publishers would pay some professional and highly regarded organizations for the services to be rendered upfront, but it was not tied to the content of the review. Other reviews were free because book reviews were the mission or part of the mission of the journal, newspaper, or magazine. An author was not permitted to independently interact with a Reviewer. Most Reviewers had strong qualifications for the job, such as excellent academic credentials, etc. These Reviewers appeared to strive for an objective review rather that a subjective review, such as whether the Reviewer liked the book or not. They were paid a salary by the publication not directly related to specific books.

There are still some literary journals, newspapers, and magazines that perform the above role: Publishers Weekly, The Missouri Review, Reader's Digest, and others. There are still literary journals that have remained steadfast in the independence of book reviews. The quality and credibility of book reviews was one reason that readers would buy these types of publications -- to read the reviews.

Things have changed for the good and for the bad, IMO. For example, Awesome Indies Blog still carries traditional book review ideology, as does Readers Favorite. So do some book blogs that perform book review functions. I think that Vonnegut was commenting on the above type of book reviewers, not the average person who writes an Amazon review for whatever motivation. Vonnegut would probably turn over in his grave if he read a review like: "I really liked this book."

 I guess that you can tell that Vonnegut is one of my personal role models for writing. One of my proudest moments was being compared to him by the Electric Review in a highly professional book review: " quarter turn beyond Vonnegut.."       

Writers' Cafe / Re: Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 05, 2019, 03:06:33 am »
He was talking about book reviewers, not readers. Sometimes I wonder if we've forgotten the role of book reviews vs. readers.

Writers' Cafe / Just a Quote by a Most Important Author
« on: September 05, 2019, 02:38:20 am »
“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

Writers' Cafe / Author Acadeny Awards
« on: August 24, 2019, 10:48:41 am »
 I'm usually skeptical about such advertisements as this one on FB.  Last year, my book was a Top 10 finalist. As a bottom line, that meant that I was eligible to attend a small part of a motivational conference in Columbus, Ohio, for free, no other costs would be reimbursed. I couldn't justify the expense, so........... This is a slick ad, beware.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Grammarly?
« on: July 07, 2019, 01:46:44 pm »

Writers' Cafe / Grammarly?
« on: July 07, 2019, 12:20:13 pm »
If you have tried Grammarly or use it, is the free version worth the download?

The Book Bazaar / Reviewer Makes Persoanl Public Disclosure
« on: July 06, 2019, 10:25:30 am »
“..weeping for the victim and standing up to the a rape survivor, I found myself relating easily to Lacy Dawn and her story..” @KylieKerosene #scifi eReader options:  or Paperback #ASMSG Proceeds help abused kids.

The Book Bazaar / Review of Rarity from the Hollow
« on: March 20, 2019, 10:53:22 am »
“..became wild and zany, but it was still so real..a book that I will remember having read forever..”  Proceeds help abused children. eBook Options:  Best Value Paperback:  #ASMSG #scifi

<merged with existing thread.  Please, one thread per book.  Bookmark this thread so that you can find it again, thanks! Duplicate threads may be removed without comment. --Ann>

The Book Bazaar / Re: Is Unique a Compliment? (scroll to bottom)
« on: October 01, 2018, 02:45:44 pm »
Several book reviewers have used the term, unique. Here's an example. Do you think that it's a compliment or should I work harder to fit into a genre? of those unique books that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it..a tale that is utterly profound and manages somehow to be both heartbreaking and funny..Well worth the read!.. Full Review: Purchase: Proceeds help abused children (50% donated).

“..As a rape survivor..I found myself relating easily to Lacy of writing which I would describe as beautifully honest..takes you on a wild ride you won’t soon forget..”

Full Review:


Proceeds help abused kids (50% donated to Children's Home Society of WV:

The Book Bazaar / Re: I Like this Crazy Review (scroll to bottom)
« on: September 14, 2018, 07:06:18 pm »
" genius and total crazy..unique..intertwined very deeply..mind-boggling..thought-provoking and wildly inventive.." Paperback: Any eReader: #scifi #ASMSG Proceeds help abused children.

The Book Bazaar / Re: 1st Sexual Harassment Complaint (scroll to bottom)
« on: September 05, 2018, 04:01:58 am »
Excerpt: The first sexual harassment complaint on planet, Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop). Lacy Dawn beats Mr. Prump in the Art of the Deal.  Paper:  . eReader:  #ASMSG #scifi Proceeds help abused children.

Writers' Cafe / Re: The meaning of your stories
« on: September 02, 2018, 12:11:44 pm »
And, the meaning in a story can be obscured by a low public awareness. For example, Animal Farm, rejected for publication several times, became a great commercial success because of high public awareness about the Cold War. Otherwise, the characters were just animals.

Edited. - Becca

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