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I has a physical novel! (on its way)

In events completely unrelated to my "I has a novel" post, last night I ordered myself a proof copy of the print-on-demand self-published version of Ultimate Dream! It features Morag's superb artwork, my dubious blurb, and such delights as a copyright page. If all goes according to plan, it'll be with me in a week or two, and assuming it's OK, I'll make the Lulu.com page live for anyone to buy copies from!


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Jan. 2nd, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
Jan. 2nd, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's really cool!

I have not been paying enough attention and this had completely passed me by. I'd be very interested in hearing more - I'm guessing it's you're nanonovel, but how did you get it published?
Jan. 2nd, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
Er. Whoops, my wording was rather confusing. Yes, this is my NaNoWriMo '06 novel. It's not properly published by any proper publisher (I did send it off to the one UK-based fantasy publisher that accepts novels without an agent, but had it rejected, unsurprisingly). Rather, it's published via print-on-demand, via Lulu.com. I upload them the relevant PDFs and images, and then I (and anyone else) can order it printed and bound. Cost me £5 + £3 postage to get a printed copy of my work :)

(I've edited my wording to make it clearer that this is self-publishing via print-on-demand!)

It doesn't have an ISBN. You can pay them £50 or £100 to get them to give you an ISBN and start plugging you to Amazon etc, but I'm not that bothered about that yet.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
I'd guessed that was probably how you'd done it, but
a) I hadn't realised it was easy to do that, although it obviously sounds like a cool idea, so I wanted to know how and where and how much
b) on the off-chance your talents really had been recognised my first draft of the comment as "I guess this is self publishing - how do you do that?" was going to sound a bit mean-spirited of me!
Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
I also was pleasantly surprised at how easy and quick it was. The steps are basically:
1) Write novel.
2) Format novel's pages to the right size (6x9 inches).
3) Write copyright page, title page, dedication, etc.
4) Export novel to PDF from OpenOffice.
5) Get cover art. (At least 1600x2400 pixels.)
6) Upload results of steps 4) and 5) to Lulu.
7) Pay them £8.
8) Wait 2 weeks.

First time through, I missed step 5 (consciously - I just used a random image from their, fairly decent, gallery), and also step 3, which resulted in a rather weird-looking proof: you open the front cover and the first page of the story is right there.

Once you're done with step 1), you can do the rest in a day or two, or if you're skipping step 5), in a couple of hours.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Once you're done with step 1), you can do the rest in a day or two
Including step 8? :P
Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
When composing that sentence in my head, I meant to add "apart from step 8". Oh well. I shall decree the answer to be Yes, and claim time-compressing powers :P
Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
It sounds like lulu was as useful as it sounded. I looked into it a while ago, it definitely sounded like the most with-it internet self-publisher. I was just annoyed that it seemed to cost much more to print in pounds than dollars.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
"I guess this is self publishing - how do you do that?" was going to sound a bit mean-spirited of me!

Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Actually, what is your bibliography, as it were? You had two? novels written, in nanowrimo? And this was polished and tentatively finished? And one was put online? I'm curious to see, but can't remember where you recommended to start.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
ToothyWiki:AlexChurchill is probably the best place to start, functioning as it does as my homepage :) But to sum up:
  • In NaNoWriMo 2005, I wrote 50000 words of Horizons. I worked on it for some months afterwards, including writing an ending. It's missing one chapter in the middle, but is otherwise basically complete at around 70000 words. I haven't put it online anywhere, but it's available to send to interested parties.
  • In NaNoWriMo 2006, I wrote 50000 words of Ultimate Dream. I worked on it for some months afterwards, finishing in September 2007 at around 70000 words. It's now online to read, and will shortly be available to buy physical copies from Lulu.com.
  • In NaNoWriMo 2007, I wrote 50000 words on The Elevium Spies. I worked on it for some days afterwards, finishing on 5th December at 55000 words. It's got a few plotholes, so I'm not going to be putting it online, but it's available to send to interested parties.
Jan. 27th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Are you going to correct the plot holes and put it online?

If not, do you have it in HTML format (which is what my OLPC likes)?

Edited at 2008-01-27 05:06 pm (UTC)
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
I've got no particular plans to correct the plotholes and put it online... it's possible, but certainly not imminent.

I don't have it in HTML format, but it'll be trivial to get it thus. Would you like me to do so and email it to you?
Jan. 28th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yes please do.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)

I'm planning to self-publish the novel I'm currently working on (the first draft of which was also a Nano thing) if I can't get it conventionally published.

As a matter of interest, why did you send yours to the only publisher that accepts MSS without an agent rather than to an agent?
Jan. 2nd, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook says it's harder for a new author to get accepted by an agent than by a publisher.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
I had heard murmurings of such wonderful things - congratulations.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh, cool :) I want one! Let me see it when it arrives :3 I like the background you picked, by the way ^^
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