Welcome to Produce Your Family History Book for $20, a step-by-step guide to creating documents for use in a self-published book, combining those pdf’s and printing a book economically. You may be closer than you think to success in producing printed books to distribute among your family. It takes time, practice and determination but if you’ve been building family information and stories for years, you can learn this too.

Due to extreme changes in the Lulu.com site in March, 2020, several of these lessons were replaced with new versions in summer, 2020.


Lesson 6: Create a Title Page

Every book needs a specific set of pages at the beginning. If you are creating your book in several parts, use this page-by-page guidance to get the first few pages right.

Lesson 8: Producing the Book on Lulu.com

The special considerations for meeting Lulu.com’s requirements for commercially salable books and for books that we want to print only for ourselves are covered along with the screens for uploading the book and making style selections.

Lesson 9: Create a Book Cover

Once the book interior is created, the dimensions of the cover become available. Simple covers can be created right on Lulu.com. More complex designs must be created on your own, saved as PDF’s, and uploaded to the Lulu site.