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February 1st, 2009

1:44 PM

"We have easily published the largest collection of bad poetry in the history of mankind."

So says Robert Young, the CEO of self-publishing giant Lulu to the New York Times recently. Read it here (but you will need a membership to access it, alas).

You have to give credit to our epublisher CEOs. As much as they swallow their own foot at times, I doubt any of them has said to the New York Times anything to this degree.

To an observer like myself, given how anyone can publish anything on Lulu, what Robert dear has said could easily be the truth. Just take a look at Lulu's forums to see how many incoherent and poorly-written posts there are written by "published' authors and shudder. Still, you have to admit, it is just poor PR for a CEO to dismiss his client base like this.

1 comment(s).

Posted by Louise van Hine:

That was a pretty insensitive thing to say, I admit. That having been said, I chose Lulu to print a limited edition of my first short novel because it was economical, and had been recommended to me for print quality. Unlike many Lulu authors, however, I actually hired a graphic artist for the layout, and hired two editors to edit it. Authors who don't go to this trouble end up with a crappy product, but I was thrilled with the quality of mine. The paper was sturdy and the cover was true to the graphic work that went into it, and I have nothing but praise for their quality. And the up-front costs were modest, unlike some of the outrageous sums I have seen quoted by other consumers of POD services.
February 2nd, 2009 @ 4:48 AM