Lulu, the print-on-demand service that I use to publish my book, is a fun place to visit. I like to think of it as Amazon’s slightly nutty cousin, the weird but cool one who eats the cranberry sauce right out of the bowl at Thanksgiving. Ever since I published my book in the summer of 2006, I’ve made a habit of browsing Lulu’s top 100 sellers, which cover an amusing range of topics from IT to self help to crafts to dating and everything in between. However, I’ll admit that I was, well, ecstatic to see that as of this morning, the humble How to Succeed as a Freelance Translator has broken into the Lulu top 100 at #95, and is in the top 10 for Business and Economics books.
I say this not so much to toot my own horn as to say that successful self-publishing using print on demand is possible, and the market is wide open. If every translator out there has at least one book lurking inside her/him, think what all of us could be reading!