Friday, June 28, 2013

New Book!

That's right, folks: I just published what I'm calling a "sort-of memoir." For a while now, I've wanted to try self-publishing. It's something my teaching colleagues and I are looking into for our students, and it felt important that I try the process out first. Seeing Joss Whedon's do-it-himself Much Ado About Nothing last weekend gave me the nudge I needed.

So I began digging through electronic folders and finding much of the creative writing I've done during the past five school years. (On breaks, I was busy writing Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle, Skipping Stones and the Center of the Earth, and How I Got Rich Writing C Papers, of course.) I saw a theme in these works, and so I organized them into a book that provides a glimpse of how I see the world and where my writing comes from. After tacking a new lead-in essay onto the front of the book, begging my publisher for permission to publish with someone else, and then wrestling a bit with Lulu's technology, oila--I have another book. Take a look.


What does this all mean? It's time for a contest. The first five people to write a full review of any of my books (including the two newest ones, How I Got Rich Writing C Papers and Sidewalk Chalk Hopscotch: A Sort of Memoir by a Teacher Who Writes) will receive a free copy of Sidewalk Chalk Hopscotch! Post these reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, or your Facebook page. Just make sure to let me know by sending me an e-mail with a link. Send to thunderstrikebike@yahoo.com. 

The first 10 people to Like my post on Facebook (on my Andy Hueller author page--the post says the exact same thing as you'll find above) AND write a one-sentence review of one of my books in response to that post will receive a piece of How I Got Rich swag.

4 comments:

  1. So why did you choose to work with Lulu instead of CreateSpace or another option?

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  2. That's a great question, Marny. The answer is simple and uneducated: I know more about Lulu. Do you see advantages to CreateSpace or others? I'd love to hear this feedback.

    Thanks for your help.

    Cheers,
    Andy

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  3. CreateSpace is free like Lulu. CS's printing costs, however, are cheaper, so you can price you book more competitively. And I think it is cheaper to sell to Amazon through CS than Lulu, though I don't know for certain. Another option indie publishers like is Lightning Source. They have a set up fee, but you can sell to Amazon at a much lower discount than through any other publisher/distributor/printer (as low as 20%, vs. 40% through CS). You must be much more technically savvy to use LS, though.

    CS info: https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/
    LSI info: https://www1.lightningsource.com/

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  4. Thanks, Marny, for the information. It'll come in handy as my teaching colleagues and I continue to figure out how we will help our students package their work in appealing ways.

    Cheers,
    Andy

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