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Mmm - a book about Edward Bradley, aka Cuthbert Bede, and acrostics, is on the long-term agenda!

Best wishes and good luck


Hi Paul. Welcome to the wiki.

I'm sure that there are many other Lulu publishers in the UK with books relating to games. There may even be a few members of this wiki who do, but not all of the members here add details for their books. I'd say there is, considering her output, a distinct possibility that Susan Watkin will at some point be writing a book about Victorian games.

Cheers, Chris.

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." ~ André Gide

Surely there is more than one?

Have just added a link in the side menu to a Swicki search engine I've just created. The search engine has a tag cloud showing popular searches, though I've had to add some to get it going. Each result thrown up by any search can be voted for if considered relevant, or voted against if considered irrelevant. This way the results will, in time, become more and more relevant to the interests of UK Lulu members. The results are multimedia and will show webpages, pictures and video. If you know of a webpage not featured in any results and think that it ought to be there, you can add it by clicking on the 'write your own result' link underneath the search box.

Give it a try and see what you think. It should make Susan happy as her Lulu pages are featuring quite prominently in the results.

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." ~ André Gide

Re: Search Engines by Vibracobra23Vibracobra23, 27 Oct 2007 16:42

Hi Susan. Sorry for the delay in replying but have been really busy.

The forum threads started by 'Automatic' are actually created by someone clicking on the discuss button at the bottom of each page. These are threads which are actually linked to the individual page and do not feature in the main forum index. When the discuss button is clicked on and no thread has previously been create for that page then the thread is created by the wiki, therefore 'Automatic'. This would only happen where a (0) is given next to the discuss button. Obviously whoever clicked on the button decided not to actually add a message and that way empty threads can be created by the so-called 'Automatic' and with no title either. Where the discuss button shows a number greater than (0) then there will be that many posts attached to that per-page-discussion. So it's best not to click on a (0) discuss unless you wish to leave a post relating to that particular page.

See the thread at for more info.

Hope this helps.


"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." ~ André Gide

by Vibracobra23Vibracobra23, 19 Oct 2007 22:49


I see that this topic was started by "Automatic" (not me!). We don't have a member called "Automatic", but why would the wiki system start a topic? Odd! Anyway to put some content into the topic, I put indexes of some of my books on the wiki so that Google would pick up the topics covered in the books.

Best wishes


by SusanatLuluSusanatLulu, 03 Oct 2007 06:25

The British Library archive of the UK Wiki Lulu can now be found here. I dare say that it won't prove valuable until a few years down the road. The British Library have been archiving my own site for about 18 months now and, as the site is shortly to close, the archive has become quite a valuable tool and will be especially so in 20 or 30 years time.

The Wayback Machine archive of the UK Wiki Lulu can be found here though this group don't ask permission, the archives are not of the same quality and they may not, unlike the British Library archive, be updated to work with new technologies. They do, however, archive more frequently.

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." ~ André Gide

Is it any wonder that we all end up turning to Lulu? But I've just read the article linked above and the phrases of rejection used by publishers and agents are word-for-word familiar to me. I don't even think there's an office boy. I think there's a crazed answering machine that's been faulty this past fifty years.


I heard a piece on the Today programme this morning about a chap who had sent the opening chapters of some of Jane Austen's books to various publishers, with just the title and character and place names changed. Were the books recognised? Read on!,,2129738,00.html#article_continue

Since having the freedom to publish what I want through Lulu I have not tried mainstream publishers but it does make you wonder about the "quality" of some publishers' readers.


I know in other forums that I belong my posts are indexed by google mainly because I have a signature (link to my web site using a keyword) that appears at the bottom of each post I make and the more relevant my post is to that signature the more likely it is to be indexed.

For example from the TIP - UK Based SEO Forum I have around 100 back links, hope this information is useful

Re: Search Engines by MinpinMinpin, 28 Jun 2007 07:41
scandidscandid 15 Jun 2007 11:32
in discussion Page Forum / Per page discussions » Deric Barry

Deric is a retired engineer who spent most of his working life aboard ships, barges and rigs in the oil exploration industry. He served his National Service in the Royal Navy and afterwards joined the Merchant Navy. His experience landed him a job in the North Sea working for a Hydrographic Survey Company on Survey Ships, conducting seabed surveys for oil rig locations and pipeline systems. He travelled worldwide working on underwater electronic equipment as well as surface and underwater navigation systems.
His experiences in the many countries he visited and the different people he worked with gave him an excellent grounding in very many different cultures and lifestyles.
‘White Slaves’ is one of the three adventure books he’s written. The others being ‘The National Heroes,’ a story of National Servicemen in the Royal Navy during the Suez Crisis and ‘Innocent on the Run,’ the fast moving tale of a young lad who misses his ship in an American port and is stranded, going on the run as an illegal immigrant.
He has also written a book of Welsh Humour entitled, ‘Danny Daisycutter and Friends,’ a tale of three Welsh geriatric delinquents who cause havoc in their Valleys’ town.
Deric lives in South Wales with his wife, children and grandchildren

by scandidscandid, 15 Jun 2007 11:32
Snap Shots
Vibracobra23Vibracobra23 12 Jun 2007 23:05
in discussion Help Forum / UK Wiki Lulu » Snap Shots

Have added the Snap Shots code to the side menu so that by hovering over any external links on the wiki you will get a preview of the page linked to. Try it on the books-fiction page or the links-page. As it's in the side menu the code doesn't need to be added to every page as the side menu appears on all pages so the code will therefore work on all pages. So any new external links added will automatically become previewable, though if don't have the actual page linked to in cache it will need to go and fetch it and this can take a few minutes, but once it's in the cache it will thereafter appear straight away. Hope you all like it.

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." ~ André Gide

Snap Shots by Vibracobra23Vibracobra23, 12 Jun 2007 23:05

Lucy Pereira has asked me to post the following on the wiki forum:

"Hello everyone,
Sorry for the short notice but I was just wondering if anyone among you lives in Cornwall or in Devon? Lulu leaves London for a change to explore the beauty of Cornwall.

Two things will be happening in that part of the world next week:

1) My colleague, Carolyn Hack and I, will be giving a presentation about Lulu.

We will be visiting Cornwall to speak at the Self-Publishing seminar on June 14 2007 at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. The event starts at 6.30pm and will include a roundtable discussion with several authors who have self-published via Lulu or other self-publishing operations.
The event has been organised by and it costs £15 to take part. Find out how to register here:

2) For those of you who can't or do not want to come to the talk, I would also like to organise a free meetup in Falmouth on Friday 15 June at 6.30 pm. The name of the pub is yet to be confirmed but I will keep you posted. It will be an informal opportunity for you to meet local authors, some of them publishing with Lulu, so bring a copy of your book! It will be a chance for everyone to talk about their work and learn about other authors' stories.

The invitation extends to anyone who lives not just in Cornwall but also in Devon or in the South West or indeed to anyone who wants to come along.
The more, the merrier…

I really look forward to meeting some of you there."

Lucy Pereira.

Please post to the thread on the Lulu forum if you are interested.

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." ~ André Gide

48 days later and no requests. So if you can't give them away, what chance is there of selling them? Trouble is we all know we'rte good, but until you've been tested in the market place nobody else does.


Chris wrote

I think the lowering of the postage prices by Lulu for up to three items has probably helped to offset this. Though, obviously, this would change if the special postage rate was ended.

When I saw the special postage rate described as a "promotion" I wondered what the end date was.

From the email from Henry Hutton about the offer

"Offer valid 4/27/07-7/27/07."

Of course Lulu could decide to extend of amend the offer after after 27 July, but then again…………

Also Lulu's printing prices have gone up a little. I recently published a second version of one of my books. The two books are identical size; the price to me of the version published over a year ago is £5.11 and of thbe new version £5.58.


Re: Why buy a Lulu book? by SusanatLuluSusanatLulu, 06 May 2007 08:01

At shop stock prices it is silly not to have a listing up there almost permanently.
However, ebay is a strange place for book sales. After selling 20 copies in ten months of The Spider Gem I have sold none in three.

The Indie Bookshop I now run average around a book a week and has sold 12 books in 11 weeks.
Fiction does no where near as well as non-fiction both from hits and sales.
Apart from two books all the sales to date have been non-fiction.
Of coruse, with shop stock listings costing as little as 3p for 30 days, one sale will pay for a listing for quite some time :-)

Better results are enjoyed when listing books as Auction or Fixed Price, bu thten the listing fees are much higher and can only be placed for a maximum of three days. With SPider I tend to mix and match sometimes running it as shop stock but occassionally firiing out a Fixed price listing.

Good luck whichever way you go.


Re: Why buy a Lulu book? by TaffybachTaffybach, 05 May 2007 17:51

I think the lowering of the postage prices by Lulu for up to three items has probably helped to offset this. Though, obviously, this would change if the special postage rate was ended. I still suspect that most of those taking advantage of this new postage rate are authors/publishers themselves, but I have had a few orders since this was introduced. I am considering putting a few of the paperback versions of my books onto my eBay shop, and may try the hardbacks if this goes okay. The low postage rate for small orders make this seem quite viable at the moment. I'm sure that Taff could give some advice as to how good an option this actually is.

"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." ~ André Gide

Re: Why buy a Lulu book? by Vibracobra23Vibracobra23, 05 May 2007 13:42

I wonder how non-author sales have been affected by the recent upping of Lulu prices to fall in line with the high profit margins demanded by the on-line booksellers. I wonder too how many Lulu authors are now using E-bay or selling from their own websites to offer potential buyers a realistic price for their products. My 72-page paperback poetry book is priced by Lulu at £9.95. I don't think Seamus Heaney would sell many copies at that price.

Re: Why buy a Lulu book? by aubenjamaubenjam, 05 May 2007 10:24
Re: Statistics
SusanatLuluSusanatLulu 30 Apr 2007 13:00
in discussion Help Forum / UK Wiki Lulu » Statistics

I find the statistics fascinating too. I've noticed hits on "Know Your Onions" in far-off places. It's also eye-opening to think that others are monitoring my own internet usage in the same way.

One odd thing I've noticed - my ISP is shown in the statistics as "Energis Uk". My ISP was Freeserve, then that became Wanadoo that became Orange. I never knew I was now with Energis Uk - if I really am??

Best wishes


Re: Statistics by SusanatLuluSusanatLulu, 30 Apr 2007 13:00

Your experiences are unforgiveable
I started this debate because I hate censorship (I think maintaining that it is one end of a road that leads to Auschwitz is taking it a bit far, but I get the point)
As an acceptable alternative to the dreaded censor and his evil machinations I proposed that as this is a site that is open to people of all ages including minors we established a healthy practise of self censorship based on awareness of our responibilities to all sectors of society. I've never seen much wrong with that.


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