Ordering LuLu editorial services is no different than paying an actual editor except finding your own editor will allow you to know their names and you can check their credentials. With LuLu editors, you will NOT know who it is and you must trust that LuLu only hires great people.
And no matter how many mistakes they miss, you will not get another reading unless you pay again for the edit.
This is normal for normal publishing routes that simply get you in the door of an agent or a publisher, but then when a publisher decides to print your book it can take up to five different edits to get everything correct. You do not get this when you self publish. You will not have a copyeditor on staff to help with tiny details.
Self publishing with LuLu means you must be or find a good copy editor on your own! Even if you use the full service packages!!!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
LuLu said the editor would need three weeks to fix my manuscript, but it only took 2.5 weeks. I totally thought that might mean a crappy edit job, but the work this person did in such a short time is quality. And I can't tell you how much I appreciate that I don't have to fight someone about what I am willing to change and what I won't change. I may not sell as many books as a conventional publisher might, but I have the power and it feels good.
Monday, May 10, 2010
It is monday morning, one month after I sent over $4,000 to LuLu to help me get my book ready to publish. I was sent an another email that iPads will go out this week and the editor is still working on my book. It takes so damn long to write the book, then a lifetime to edit the book, and then another agonizing lifetime to get it in shape for other humans to read it. Why, oh why, does anyone actually get through all of this? I can only imagine how long it took before computers. I feel entirely inadequate compared to anyone who published anything before 1975. Remember this next time you are mad about paying anything less than $40 for the next novel you read, please. I know I will.