Lulu.com

Lulu.com is a rather unique company in the self-publishing services industry. Lulu offers a very do-it-yourself process, but not in a good way. The author is responsible for editing and formatting the book. Lulu provides some very basic cover design templates, but they do not create very appealing covers. In many ways, they are much more aligned with Amazon's CreateSpace than with any of the other self-publishing services companies. Lulu provides more printing and distribution services than real publishing assistance.

We cannot recommend Lulu.com for the serious author. However, for someone looking to publish a very simple book for personal or hobby use, then Lulu.com is an option worth considering. However, you can do the same thing through Amazon's CreateSpace at slightly better cost and cheaper distribution through Amazon.

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Key Publishing Services Company Criteria

Editorial Evaluation for quality and marketability?
Author can own the ISBN?
Author can receive the final files?
Author sets the list price?
Author purchase copies at printing cost?
Author payment based on net profit (not royalty)?
Author required to purchase minimum quantity of books?

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