Lulu.com™ Partners with NaNoWriMo 2014 to Support Independent Authors

Authors Rewarded with Free First Edition Hardcover and Free eBook Conversions

Lulu.com™, the division of Lulu that is the pioneer in independent publishing, today announced that it has partnered again with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which is a nonprofit organization responsible for organizing authors in a massive creative writing project and challenging them to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. In support of the vision that guides NaNoWriMo, Lulu.com will be offering each of the expected 400k participants a free first edition hardcover book. Lulu.com will also be rewarding 12 independent authors that participate in the program and are selected at random with free eBook conversion services.

"NaNoWriMo is founded on the belief that everyone has a story to tell, and that everyone's story matters," said Grant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo. "We exist to help people realize their creative dreams, so we are thrilled to partner with Lulu.com to help engage these burgeoning authors in the month of November and help them share their stories afterward. The world needs more makers and creators.”

Lulu.com is the only self-publishing company in the world that allows you to create hardcover, softcover and eBooks, and distribute them globally. The community of writers on Lulu.com is incredibly engaged and passionate, and the free first edition hardcover is designed to motivate NaNoWriMo participants to publish and be rewarded. To encourage writers to undertake the NaNoWriMo challenge, Lulu.com is also offering a free educational resource, “Author's Guide to Success: A Complete Plan for Publishing and Selling Your Book.” 

"Supporting the Wrimos in 2014 is the latest in our ongoing effort to help writers of all levels understand and master the rules of writing and publishing and selling online,” said Tom Bright, CEO and president, Lulu. “We want to empower authors with insights from our writing community while encouraging them to bring their stories to life. We also want to impress in new authors the need to take the time once November ends to continue to polish their work with support from a trusted partner that turns their book into a finished product that will drives sales from readers.”

For more information and for contest guidelines go to: http://nanowrimo.org/forums/special-offers-and-greetings-from-nano-sponsors/threads/183484.

About Lulu.com

Lulu.com is passionate about creating a remarkable experience for people to tell their stories and celebrate their experiences -- simply -- through words and pictures. Our publishing platform allows authors to publish a book in a few easy steps, while offering unmatched flexibility and control. Since introducing self-publishing in 2002, Lulu.com has empowered creators in more than 225 countries and territories to produce nearly two million publications. For more information, please visit www.lulu.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Lulu.com is a division of Lulu Press, Inc.

About National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes stories matter for a diverse, engaged, creative world. More than 400,000 writers from around the world tell their stories through NaNoWriMo's programs every year. They write from the 2,000 classrooms involved in NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program, the 600 libraries in the Come Write In program, and at local write-ins in their community, organized by 800 international volunteers.

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