Publisher Chooses Lulu.com as Preferred Publication Channel
= March 17, 2005, 3:08 pm
Author = Kay Stoner
Industry = Media
Summary = Independent publisher Kay Stoner has chosen Print-On-Demand
supplier Lulu.com as her Preferred Channel for publication and distribution
of her monthly minder, "The Cycle Calendar."
Body = "The Cycle Calendar" is a 5-year monthly minder
for women experiencing (peri)menopause. Developed as the result
of the creator's years of body-changes experience, it was produced
and published in three weeks on Lulu.com.
"I had this idea for a perimenopause calendar... one that would
let me, and other women, keep track of the different symptoms we
experiencing during 'the change of life' over the course of five
years," says creator Kay Stoner. "I had the idea and
immediately knew how I wanted to create it. I also knew about Lulu.com,
since I published a novella with them about a year ago, and I was
sure I could produce a quality product with them."
14th, 2005, Stoner sat down with her notes and her sketches of her
layout. Two weeks later, she had a proof copy in hand, and by the
first week in March, her final product was ready for sale and distribution.
"The Cycle Calendar" is can be ordered at www.cyclecalendar.net,
which links to Lulu.com for ordering.
Stoner to not only produce her "Cycle Calendar," but they
also take care of the ordering. Major credit cards and Paypal are
accepted, so the publisher doesn't need to set up a shopping cart
-- they need only link to their Lulu.com product page. Lulu.com
takes care of the rest. Multiple shipping options are available,
within the USA and internationally.
publishing independently, on and off, for nearly 20 years,"
says Stoner, "and Lulu.com is the first company I've found
which really puts everything I need at my disposal. I could even
produce a book at a public computer at my local library, if I wanted
to. They make it that easy, so long as you have a computer that's
connected to the Internet. I've got plenty of professional book
design and production experience, and Lulu lets me put all that
to good use, in a very easy and intuitive online process. I have
total control over the book content and layout,
unlike other independent publishing outlets. I've found other companies
force me to work with their staff, who may or may not understand
my vision and priorities. And Lulu's print quality is better than
what I've seen other POD folks (and many traditional small presses)
produce. Their cover stock is double-coated so it won't curl in
humid weather, their paper weight is substantial, and their inks
are clear and have
good contrast. I can even produce my own cover art -- or have one
of their staffers assist me. Lulu.com makes it easy to publish quality
books for almost no up-front cost. Plus, their people are always
knowledgeable, and they clearly have a commitment to helping people
like me produce the kinds of books I want to see in the world. And
I never get bogged down in inventory or ordering mechanisms. After
searching high and low for print-on-demand services like theirs,
and being disappointed time and again, they're a dream come true
Calendar" is available for $9.96 (plus shipping and handling)
at www.cyclecalendar.net. Coil-bound, 100pages, black and white,
with line drawings of everyday women and classic goddesses. 5-years
(2004-2008, for accurate recording of
valuable (peri)menopausal information that's unique to each woman.