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Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« on: May 18, 2017, 11:25:09 AM »
http://blog.180g.co/2017/05/coming-soon-vellum-2-0/

As a beta user, I can say that this is the single best piece of publishing software I own.

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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 11:27:58 AM »
Woohoo! *happy dance*

I just received the email announcement and trying to figure out the pricing but whatever it is, I'll pay it. :)

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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 11:35:05 AM »
Fantastic news!

And happy with that upgrade price. Will get it on day one!

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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 11:35:33 AM »
Yay! For me, planning a June release, the timing is perfect.

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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2017, 11:37:54 AM »
Well, I would have liked it for my last project, but it's nice to know it will be there for all future projects. :D

The pricing is very reasonable, and the upgrade price is more than fair. Whether one sees Vellum as a replacement for hiring a formatter or as way to save quite a few hours doing it oneself, it's a good deal.


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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2017, 11:38:58 AM »
Just in time to reformat my June 20 release.

then I'll be reformatting all my other books because why not?

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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2017, 11:40:23 AM »
Ugh. Bought the unlimited license Jan 25 of this year. Now I'm going to have to pay the full price again to get print functionality.

Yeah, I got the unlimited license for Christmas. Now I'm not too thrilled that I'll have to pay $99 to upgrade for print--not when the whole shebang from scratch is only $249.

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2017, 11:41:11 AM »
I misread the release email and thought I'd have to buy the full version again even though I'd just purchased an unlimited license at the beginning of this year.

Unlimited upgrade is very reasonable! Stoked to get print books out now.

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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2017, 11:42:13 AM »
Thinks long and hard about getting a Mac... hehe


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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2017, 11:44:22 AM »
Yes!

Glad there's an upgrade option for those of us who already have Vellum Unlimited.

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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2017, 11:44:56 AM »
Now I'm not too thrilled that I'll have to pay $99 to upgrade for print--not when the whole shebang from scratch is only $249.
Worth every penny.
$99 is about enough to hire out the print formatting on one book.
And after seeing how much work they did during the beta, plus how well they have supported the ebook version up until now, it seems like even more of a bargain!

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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2017, 11:48:45 AM »
Worth every penny.
$99 is about enough to hire out the print formatting on one book.
And after seeing how much work they did during the beta, plus how well they have supported the ebook version up until now, it seems like even more of a bargain!

I'm sure it's worth it, yeah, because the whole company and program are amazing. I'm just not thrilled that it costs a hundred bucks more to upgrade when buying the whole thing is $50 less.

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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2017, 11:49:01 AM »
YAY. I was putting off formatting my most recent book, and now I'm totally just going to wait until June 1st. Then I can format my next one just as quick and easy and won't have a reason to wait.

Thank goodness. Createspace's templates were driving me crazy.

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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2017, 11:51:36 AM »
I just got the email 26 minutes ago, so I was curious if there was already a thread about it. Yup.  ;D

I'm excited. I'll be paying for the $100 upgrade right away. I have two books coming out so Vellum will be saving me money pretty quickly. I've only heard great things from beta testers, so I'm psyched for the upgrade! And on my birthday.  ;D

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« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2017, 11:56:00 AM »
Are there examples anywhere of what the print formatting looks like?
       
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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2017, 11:56:59 AM »
I'm sure it's worth it, yeah, because the whole company and program are amazing. I'm just not thrilled that it costs a hundred bucks more to upgrade when buying the whole thing is $50 less.
But that's almost always true of package pricing.
That's why people buy in bulk. Even my own ebook box sets are cheaper than buying the books separately. And there will almost certainly be a sale or a price drop down the road.
I'm an early adopter type, so I feel the sting more often than most.
But when I buy something, like a series of books one book at a time as they are released, I count the extra I might have spent as going towards the joy I got from reading them right away, instead of waiting until the box set was out.
You just have to look at it like this: You didn't lose $50 by getting Vellum before this, you GAINED the use of Vellum for almost 1/2 a year! :)

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Re: Vellum for Print gets a release date!
« Reply #16 on: May 18, 2017, 12:07:12 PM »
I've been beta testing it, and believe me, I can't send the Brads my $99.99 fast enough. I've done books for both KDP Print and Ingram Spark with it and it's fabulous. Those books sailed through the approval process in no time.

(If you've bought the unlimited package after April 1 of this year, you do get a $50 discount. Everybody else is out of luck.)

Vellum is easily one of the best purchases I've made for my writing/publishing business. And the print version is awesome!

Are there examples anywhere of what the print formatting looks like?

You can check out either of the first two books in my sig, although bear in mind my layout is only one of the options you can choose. And definitely not the fanciest. I don't use ornamental breaks in print, for instance, preferring white space.
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« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2017, 12:16:17 PM »


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« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2017, 12:18:20 PM »
I love Vellum and look forward to upgrading, but a quick question for those of you who where in the beta. Does it make publishing through create-space easier? I've been on the create-space giveaway and then publish to amazon train. Anything that streamlines my process even further is always appreciated  8)

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« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2017, 12:21:59 PM »
All I can tell you is this: I had endless grief from KDP Print when I set up two books with them. I never did figure out what they wanted. I just made changes at random until something stuck.

(And I do know how to format paperbacks; I can use both InDesign and Word and have professional layout experience.)

Yet the exact same books, after re-formatting with Vellum, sailed through the KDP approval process in under an hour. They were also approved at Ingram Spark in less than a day. I have no idea why that should be, but there you go.

Also, once you have your ebook file in Vellum, it takes a matter of minutes to compile the paperback version. It really is amazing.
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« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2017, 12:25:04 PM »
All I can tell you is this: I had endless grief from KDP Print when I set up two books with them. I never did figure out what they wanted. I just made changes at random until something stuck.

(And I do know how to format paperbacks; I can use both InDesign and Word and have professional layout experience.)

Yet the exact same books, after formatting with Vellum, sailed through the KDP approval process in under an hour. They were also approved at Ingram Spark in less than a day. I have no idea why that should be, but there you go.

Also, once you have your ebook file in Vellum, it takes a matter of minutes to compile the paperback version. It really is amazing.

Aannnddd double sold. I mean, day one for sure now.

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« Reply #22 on: May 18, 2017, 12:27:07 PM »
Any chance of a sale going down around this time? I heard they did a little sale during the last upgrade...

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« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2017, 12:27:49 PM »
Are there examples anywhere of what the print formatting looks like?

That's what I'd like to see. Can Vellum print do dropcaps on first paragraphs in chapters and graphical chapter headings and scene breaks?

For instance: 



Or:



Can Vellum print get something close to that? I'd love a one-stop shop for ebook and print, but if I can't get creative with the print version, I'll likely stick with farming out the InDesign work.


EDIT: And, for the nonfiction writers and those of us dabbling in illustrations, can Vellum print add illustrations to print books (or ebooks)?

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