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In Praise of Vellum

I’ve been using Vellum to produce my ebooks for nearly a year now. I *love* this program! It’s simple to use, efficient, and produces beautifully formatted books. One of my favorite features is that it creates different versions for each of the distributors you sell through. This means that the cover art is always the correct site for the vendor, and more importantly to me, my list of “also by” titles are linked appropriately to each site.

For example, if a reader has purchased my book through Amazon, all the links to my other titles are Amazon links! If they bought via Kobo, then the links are to the Kobo site. All with no additional effort on my part! I love it!

And my “also by” page can be dragged and dropped into a new file, so I only have to set up the links once. How awesome is that feature alone?

So when I heard that Vellum was releasing a version that would produce PRINT versions of my titles, I jumped at the opportunity to upgrade. I haven’t been disappointed! So far, I’ve put 4 titles into print. Easily and effortlessly. Vellum created the interior PDF at the same time it generated my ebook files. And each of those PDFs went into CreateSpace without a single comment. I spent way more time getting the cover art properly formatted, than I did the interiors.

Now, I haven’t seen the proof copies yet (they should arrive this week), but I don’t expect any issues with the interiors. The covers are my only question. Unfortunately, Vellum doesn’t create the full-spread cover for me. I’m still using InDesign for that task. But once I get that dialed in, I’ll be home free!

Coming soon to a distributor near you: refreshed versions of Sorcha and her Children, including new, professionally designed covers and PRINT!!

I can hardly wait 😀

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