This was going to be a ‘Hooray, Lulu are now allowing their writers to set their own discounts! Have 25% off the list price, to encourage you to buy the book even if you didn’t win it!’ post. The good news is, there are indeed discounts!
The Maker’s Mask: Book One Of Requite in paperback – 25% off!
The Maker’s Mask: Book One Of Requite PDF download (sorry, not discounted, as Lulu won’t let me do that)
The Hawkwood War: Book Two Of Requite in paperback – 25% off!
The Hawkwood War: Book Two Of Requite PDF download (sorry, not discounted, as Lulu won’t let me do that)
The bad news is that Lulu is utterly confusing me over pricing. When I went and looked at the ‘My Lulu’ tab this morning, the first thing I noticed was that Lulu seemed to have finally noticed that I’m in the UK and changed the price of The Maker’s Mask to pounds. Unfortunately, it appeared to have done this by changing the dollar signs to pound signs, which… was not wholly ideal, given the exchange rate.
Would it let me revise the price? No, it would not. I checked the Lulu forums and it seemed to be a site-wide problem, so I thought ‘Huh. Hope they fix that soon’ and went off to discount it as far as Lulu would let me.
And then, when I checked the book’s page, it wasn’t priced at £18.99 at all. It was still priced at £12.57, but the discount was showing up just fine.
I looked back at my ‘My Lulu’ page. Yup, still showing up as £18.99.
At any rate, it just seems to be confusing me rather than inconveniencing the rest of you, so I’m hoping Lulu will sort it out sooner rather than later and not worrying about it. I don’t seem to be able to discount the e-books at all, so sorry about that.
The interesting news is that The Maker’s Mask is starting to propagate onto Amazon! So far there’s no cover image and it’s listed as out of stock, but Tony Loton’s always helpful Book Publishing DIY says that’s normal procedure. No sign of The Hawkwood War yet, but let me know if you spot it on Amazon or anywhere else.
I have to say, I’ve found the quality of products I’ve received from Lulu very high, but their help and forums section are not very intuitive to deal with. The quality of the advice on offer is generally very good and the forums seem friendly, but they’re slow to load, it’s quite hard to find what you want or to find an answer again if you’ve already found it once but just want to check on it again, and the search often comes up with things that aren’t relevant or fails to find things that are. I think Lulu could improve in this area, and if they did it’d make me a lot more likely to recommend them to other people who want to self publish.
Almost forgot! I now have an official Twitter at @ankaretwells, which I’ll mostly be using to tell my husband when there’s a new post up. If you also want to be notified by Twitter when there’s a new post up, feel free to friend me!