Published March 17, 2008
The eighty degree temperatures didn’t deter students and teachers from coming out to this year’s Miami-Dade Day Conference. There was a recorded 2,600 attendees at this year’s event. Dedicated to bring new technology to the college, the conference turned out to be the colleges best one yet.
Our events team, having experience with other educational shows, understood the importance that Lulu can play in the classroom. Giving students the ability to gather theses in a professional manner was a huge appeal to those who stopped by the booth. There were even some who came prepared with written manuscripts! As the day went on it was evident that attendees were happy to see us there.
The show lasted for just a day but in that short time we managed to spread an awareness of Lulu to all who stopped by. As people left the booth more would stop by and we certainly acknowledged the fact that it was a great indication of where we’re going in the educational world.
Take a look at who we met at the show!
You’re a self-published author (Thanks Lulu!) but are you wondering how to take your book to the next level? What if you were an award winning self-published author? Yeah, that has a nice ring to it.
If you are interested in earning some accolades, here are a few contest and award opportunities for self-published, independent publishers (this is great for Lulus with a “Published By You” ISBN – you’re the publisher), or niche books.
The 2008 News Generation Indie Book Awards:
• Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide
• Cash prizes and fabulous awards!
• Click here for more information and to enter
• Deadline: March 21, 2008 (you need to hurry and publish your book if you already haven’t!)
The “IPPY” Awards (Independent Publisher Book Awards)
• All independent, university, small press, and self-publishers who produce books intended for the North American market are eligible to enter titles copyrighted or released in 2007. Independent authors using print-on-demand publishing services are welcome to enter their books themselves.
• Regional and National level awards in 65 different categories
• Click here for the scoop and how to enter
• Deadline: April 1, 2008 (a few more weeks… but still you might want to get a move on it)
16th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards
• Searching for the best self-published books form the past few years
• Over $15,000 in prizes
• Click here for the details and how to enter
• Deadline: May 1, 2008 (you have a month and some change to get your book together).
So don’t hide your light (or in this case, your book) under a bushel. Enter and see what happens. We’re rooting for you here at Lulu!
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Published February 28, 2008
The Texas Community College Teacher’s Association (TCCTA) had its 61st annual convention and Lulu was one of the show’s main attractions. With over 80 colleges participating, teachers from all backgrounds were interested to see what Lulu could do for them.
As most of you know Lulu’s services not only attract individual authors/creators but can appeal to many others; like teachers. So here’s the scenario, you’re a teacher and you use the same old tired textbook every year. You’re not only tired of it, but your students are too. So why not create your own? Lulu enables teachers to be able to compile course materials and any other relevant matter in one central piece versus using the same irrelevant materials over and over again.
With this being our first time at TCCTA, teachers were surprised to see us there but understood the perfect placement we have at such an educational show. With over 6,000 members it was a great opportunity for Lulu to continue to reach out to the educational world full of potential Lulus! We want to make sure that at each conference Lulu attends we continue to stress our free services and easy applications. TCCTA has now been added to the list of successful educational conferences that we’ve attended and we’re excited to see what the next one brings.
If you know of any educational shows (or any other shows for that matter) feel free to let us know where you’d like to see us. Respond to this blog with your ideas.
Published February 28, 2008
So leap year doesn’t come around but every four years and for many of us it’s just another year with an extra day. Until I wrote this blog I never really paid attention to all the stories behind the year. So, I figured since I had no clue maybe you’ll like to share in my findings!
What’s obvious is that a leap year contains one or more extra days in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the seasonal year. But did you know that February used to be the last month of the year? And every four years there was an extra 22 day month? Back in the days of Julius Caesar, he ruled that in order to keep all time the same every year he’d just throw an extra month in! Well, as we all know that didn’t last and it was found that the best solution is to add an extra day every four years instead; giving us the format we follow today.
Are you a leap day baby? Apparently the odds of being born on leap day are 1/1,146! With numbers like that be sure that you’re not the only one! If you’re looking for other leap day babies you might want to look into the Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Club and the Annual Worldwide Leap Year Birthday Festival. (From what I hear, membership includes a free t-shirt!)
So, this is for the ladies. Ever thought of asking your sweetie to marry you? Well, leap year rules say that this is the only time you’re allowed to propose. Leap year traditions in Scotland in 1288 stated that a woman was allowed to propose to the man of her choice. Though, if the fellow declined he would have to pay a hefty fine—of a kiss! (Or the woman’s choice of affectionate punishment)
Have any other interesting leap year facts? Feel free to add your findings to the comments section. Have fun and Happy Leap Year!