View Full Version : Lulu Love

10-27-2005, 01:47 AM
I'm opening this thread to announce even more Lulu love.

In addition to everything else they're already doing for us, they're donating 25 copies of the book for us to send to media outlets... and they'll even ship the copies for us.

They're offering to feature us on the main page of the site.

One of the coordinators is offering to meet me in NYC this weekend.

I just can't tell you how amazingly wonderful they are.

I always knew I liked how straightforward Lulu is about its services, but now I know that there are some real angels running the company, too. Those who are writing blog posts about this project, please remember to include a thank you to Lulu... they deserve any good press we can give them. They're going way above and beyond for us.

10-27-2005, 01:55 AM
That's awesome, Jenna. Shake their hand(s) for me when you meet them in person. Aw heck, give 'em a hug too.

10-27-2005, 03:42 AM
That's terriffic!!! :snoopy: Jenna, Make sure to give the folks at Lulu a great big Thank You from the foothills of South Carolina. And don't skimp on the hugs.

10-27-2005, 06:14 AM
You ever have one of those moments when the goodness of humanity just overwhelms you and you have to cry? I'm having one of those moments.

I just spoke to Tonya from Lulu for 45 minutes. First off, she spent the first 5 minutes thanking me for bringing her this great project, telling me how much fun it is to work on this. We talked a bunch about how she loves working at Lulu and seeing them build something great. I told her about how we always mention Lulu here as the most honest POD company-- that we admire how straightforward they are.

She asked what she could do to help us. She's been trying to find out how to get into alternative distribution markets, but there's a long approval process. They already submitted our ISBN data, so she thinks that bookstores will have us listed in their databases in about 2 1/2 weeks. They designed a storefront for us, and that'll be live on Halloween. They set up a separate link to order review copies at a discounted rate.

Then she asked if we were interested in having a few authors do podcasts-- reading their SoS essays/stories/poems, and they'd host it on the site. She's still thinking up interesting ways to help us promote. And she kept adding things like, "If you ever need us to send something overnight, don't worry about asking too much of us. We want to help. We can include your press release, or media kit, or anything you want to send... just tell us what you need."

She gave me her mobile phone # and we may meet up in the city this weekend, really just to hang out and talk some more. In the midst of all this, I said to her, "So, what can I do for you?" She paused a second and said, "Nothin'."

I said, "No, really. I have this great newsletter for writers, I write for Writer's Digest... I feel like I'm in a good position to help. Tell me what to do for you."

But, no. She really didn't want anything. Told me that she felt like there was a purpose here-- that every time she does something like this, there's a reason, a lesson, something. She wants to be involved because it's a great project, not because it's a smart PR move.

I've felt that way myself about so many things. I always feel like there's a reason I was "led" to each project I've worked on. I told her about my agoraphobia and about how I nearly cancelled at the last minute before I went to Vegas to interview Celine the first time... I was scared out of my mind. Had been on a plane once in 8 years and it was a disaster. Part of the reason I was "led" to that project, I think, was to help me tear that fear to shreds. (And as a reward, I got to meet and befriend one of the nicest celebrities in the world.)

Anyway. All I can say is that they're for real-- I'm sure of it. They're devoting manpower and resources to this project for no other reason than that they believe in us and want to be a part of something great. It was kind of funny listening to us try to out-thank each other. I felt like I just met a kindred soul. Pretty amazing experience.

10-27-2005, 06:23 AM
Jenna- Thanks so much for sharing this. I have goosebumps on my skin and tears in my eyes. What great people. Seriously, give her a huge hug for me :)


Lady of Prose
10-27-2005, 06:34 AM
I'm not part of SOS, but I want to once again thank all of you who are. And thanks, Jenna, for sharing Tonya with us.

Sounds like two neat people have crossed paths.

The more I hear about Lulu, the more impressed I am at their integrity level. I hope they go to the highest level they can attain for what they do.

10-27-2005, 06:42 AM
That is pretty amazing. Connecting with people who are genuine in heart - you just know...

Thanks to all of the wonderful people at Lulu! :Clap:

10-27-2005, 07:00 AM
ooohhh, are we going to do a SoS podcast? I'd be up for that.

September skies
10-27-2005, 07:45 AM
I was moved while reading everything. How beautiful. Thank you Lulu. I'll never forget any of this. :Clap:

10-27-2005, 08:15 AM
They're devoting manpower and resources to this project for no other reason than that they believe in us and want to be a part of something great. It was kind of funny listening to us try to out-thank each other.

There's never too many thank yous for an inspirational project going towards a great cause.

So, I'd like to add a few of my own:

Thank you Lulu!
Thank you Jenna!
Thank you all contributors (those with their stories, and those with their support)!
Thank you editors (I don't know you all)!
Thank you AW!
Thank you Orson Scott Card, Rachel Lee Hatcher, and Wil Wheaton!
Thank you everyone too numerous and some too anonymous to name!
Thank you!
Thank you!
Thank you!

(And I've finally had my Oscar moment :) )

10-27-2005, 02:20 PM
Lulu is absolutely incredible.

So is everyone who contributed to this project, be it by submitting to the book, helping with costs, or just telling people they know about it.

10-27-2005, 02:21 PM
Words can't describe how I feel right now. All I can say is thanks to everyone who has made this project so great.

10-27-2005, 04:32 PM
Jenna, I will certainly give LuLu its due in the pr dept...

Lady K'Lyssia
10-27-2005, 05:05 PM

I would interested in learning more about the podcast thing.

Carol Highthshoe

Kim Gogo
10-27-2005, 05:17 PM
I am personally impressed by the fact that I ordered three copies on Friday afternoon and received them (technically) by noon yesterday at my rural residence. I wasn't home so the Federal Express driver is going to deliver them to me today at work in the city. I called, to be certain that I was receiving it b/c it blew my mind that I received it so quickly I ordered the Express delivery--boy, they weren't kidding! Anyway, I thanked the person on the phone at their print shop over and over for their efficiency. Reading about your conversation with Tonya, Jenna, I am just so moved by their personal involvement and eagerness to spread this project. There was the risk right from the first spark in your eye that any book might not make its mark as much as we work on it to be. But SoS has found its groove and its obvious that it is just the beginning rumble on the horizon, promising to breakthrough as a thundering swell of benefits to hundreds of thousands, whether through donations or through the spread of inspiration. I am so proud of all of us...every single person, from the girl who wrote about needing strength to the guy who put it in his blog, to the girl who mentioned it to her friend in a crowded elevator, to the guy who pushed the button on the full-colour printer. We all have been a small piece in a magnificent puzzle.

No amount of thanks, no amount of hugs, no amount of tears can honestly express what has happened these last two months. Absolutely phenominal!

Thank you, Jenna, for starting the rumble.


10-27-2005, 05:45 PM
Then she asked if we were interested in having a few authors do podcasts-- reading their SoS essays/stories/poems, and they'd host it on the site.

Wonderful to hear you're having such a positive experience with Lulu. I have no idea how to record a podcast, but would be willing to volunteer to read one of my pieces. I assume some technically minded person can walk me through the steps should the need arise?

Thanks again for your hard work on this project. I can't wait to get my copy.


10-27-2005, 06:29 PM
Jenna told me late yesterday she'd had a wonderful conversation with someone from Lulu and that she was going to post something about it.

This is more than I expected, and I already knew what great folks Lulu has working for them. Jenna, tell Tonya she's left a forum full of talented writers at a loss for words.

And pass along lots of :Hug2: and :kiss:

PS -- I too am there for the podcast idea. And does anyone else feel like....


Good Word
10-27-2005, 07:04 PM
Group hug, totally.

Lisa, feelin' the love

10-27-2005, 08:02 PM
I'd be up for a podcast, as well, if my essay would warrant that. Or anything else I can do, up to my due date.

It's so incredible to see the faith pouring out of other people regarding this book!

10-27-2005, 08:11 PM
Podcast here I come... what ever you need Jenna....
I am feelin da love.............
mountain style of course....
dancing naked in the streets.....


10-27-2005, 08:36 PM
Wonderful News Jenna. Thanks for sharing. I am touched by this whole experience. Thanks for the opportunity.

10-27-2005, 09:13 PM

It is incredible how helpful they are! I will add a Lulu link to my webpage.


10-27-2005, 09:14 PM
Wonderful news, Jenna!

10-27-2005, 09:16 PM
That's so wonderful to hear about Lulu. I'm pretty sure I'll do my poetry book with them as they truly give of themselves. Thanks so much for all you do, Jenna and everyone else involved in SOS. :Hug2:

10-27-2005, 10:29 PM
Jenna -

That's just outstanding all around. I'd love to do the podcast thing even though I hate the sound of my voice, and I'm afraid I'd cry! Maybe I should get my son to read it? lol

Here's what I put on my blog to send kudos to Lulu, but I'm sure it won't be the last nice thing I have to say about them. Bloggers I don't even know have actually lifted my entire post and put it on their blogs! I found one that did that last night just after I'd posted it. Wild.


aka eraser
10-27-2005, 11:15 PM
Bravo to the good folks at Lulu! :Clap:

10-28-2005, 04:20 AM
Lulu is a great company. And thanks Jenna.

Now, the podcast... Where can I sign up? ;)

Christine N.
10-28-2005, 04:22 AM
See, my publisher wants her authors to read their books for the audio books. But I've heard my voice on tape.

So unless you want Minnie Mouse to read out loud, I'm not your girl. Someone else can read my story, though :)

10-28-2005, 04:24 AM
I'm gamed for a Podcast. :) I think I forgot to mention that.

Kim Gogo
10-28-2005, 04:33 AM
I wish my stories had as many opportunities as my voice! My husband used to work for a radio station so I've done a bunch of ads for them.

Anyway, I'm available if my poem should be chosen for a podcast.


10-28-2005, 04:48 AM
I've been told I have a pleasant voice on tape. I'd be happy to 'ghost read' for anyone if Jenna approved.

10-28-2005, 04:52 AM
I've been told I have a radio voice, so I'm also game to read more than my own if needed.

Good Word
10-28-2005, 05:34 AM
Ditto what Chunky said.

10-29-2005, 06:04 AM
Ditto/Me too...at least that's what they say.

10-29-2005, 07:42 AM
I've been told I have a sexy voice, and that sexy foreign accent... ;)

Oo la la.

Kim Gogo
10-29-2005, 09:02 AM
My husband and I did the sexy voices for a couple hydroponics store advertisements--promoting how big and delicious our produce would grow, using the equipment! People would tell my husband how much they liked my voice! HA!


10-29-2005, 02:43 PM
I think it would be useful to work out which of the pieces lend themselves to podcast and go from there, also I imagine only five or ten would be wanted? I'm guessing we don't want the entire anthology available that way ;-)

I don't think my voice is notable, and also I don't think I know any of the techniques of a professional for reading/speaking. - I'm not sure that is so important, though - bob dylan couldn't sing for toffee and it didn't stop him.

On the other hand, I don't think my piece is suitable for a podcast - but ah ha ha ha - I'm wanting to keep secret-ish which one is mine. Basically though, my piece is one where the words are intended to sound 'in the voice of the reader', and I don't want to change that dynamic.

Separately - I thought we should find out whether we are allowed to record the hymn - it would maybe make a good track for the book-signings, and even for a pod-cast. First, to find out if we have the permission, and then, to locate the best choral group for it (New Orleans gospel choir? other ideas?). (hopefully they will be happy to help)

10-30-2005, 12:37 PM
What a neat idea!

I'm going to send this link to Lulu, so if anyone else wants to add their heaps of gratitude, now's a good time. :)

10-30-2005, 03:23 PM
Thanks, Lulu.com, for being a company with heart.

May you reap triple-fold for all you've done!

10-30-2005, 05:02 PM
Wow. This is such an amazing group of people here at AW and at Lulu. Hugs from Mississippi for everyone.

10-30-2005, 05:51 PM
I don't give good podcast, but I am willing.
my voice is sexy to some.....woof.

Jean Marie
10-30-2005, 11:56 PM
Thanks Lulu for going so far above and beyond on this amazing project. I think all of us are feeling rather fortunate and overwhelmed by your generosity.http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoteHail.gif

I knew there was a great reason Jenna has always highly recommended you. I'll be sending along my book shortly. And with your professionalism, incredible work and just all around 'niceness' I have no doubt I'm making the right choice.

In a sometimes weird world, it's uplifting to know there's a company as fantastic as you.

P.S. I'd love to do a podcasthttp://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif