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Title: Matte now available! Did you get the Email?
Post by: KristenDaRay on November 11, 2013, 02:59:26 pm
Hadn't seen a thread yet. If there is, you can just combine them.


BUT

Createspace just sent an email announcing matte finish!!! YAY!!!


Now, I'll be redoing my first book and release the second in matte as well.
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Post by: minxmalone on November 11, 2013, 03:03:06 pm
I didn't get an email but I can see the option in my dashboard now. So I'm happy!
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Post by: 41413 on November 11, 2013, 03:12:13 pm
Woo hoo!

*goes to change every book ever*
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Post by: Patty Jansen on November 11, 2013, 03:21:52 pm
I must be the only person on the planet who prefers glossy ones.

I used to run a bookshop and those damn matte covers show every imperfection. And! Fingerprints! Seriously.

I didn't get the email by the way.
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Post by: Faye Hunter on November 11, 2013, 03:35:28 pm
Clicked the button and switched all of mine. Yeah!  :P

I'm surprised you say matte shows dirt and finger prints. I found the exact opposite. My matte covers from LSI look beautiful despite me pawing them repeatedly. But one handling of my Createspace gloss covers and they are covered in prints.  Looking forward to seeing if the quality will be as good as LSI. I would love to no longer have to pay for LSI's services.
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Post by: LilianaHart on November 11, 2013, 03:37:13 pm
The matte covers are absolutely beautiful. I've gotten lots of compliments on them and my readers seem to prefer them.
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Post by: Nicholas Andrews on November 11, 2013, 03:47:11 pm
(http://mrwgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Kermit-Goes-Crazy-On-Stage-In-Sesame-Street-Gif.gif)

Embossed lettering next, please?
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Post by: Greg Banks on November 11, 2013, 04:24:38 pm
In my research, I've found that most people think glossy covers look cheap. Some people do prefer glossy, though,
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Post by: Ryan Sullivan on November 11, 2013, 04:36:51 pm
I'm very excited about the matte option! But please, please, please let this fix the curling issue! If the covers stop curling ridiculously, I'll actually be in heaven. Wait... :o
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Post by: quiet chick writes on November 11, 2013, 04:54:48 pm
I just seriously shrieked at my husband, "Oh my God, yay!"   :P

I'm happy now that I've been putting off changing my paperback cover for so long. Fate, I tell you!

I'm very excited about the matte option! But please, please, please let this fix the curling issue! If the covers stop curling ridiculously, I'll actually be in heaven. Wait... :o

I know this is something that happens to people with CS books, but none of my proofs have ever curled. And then oddly, I got my 7 year-old a paperback from the Stink series (traditionally-published) and that curled like crazy! So it's not just CS with the curling.
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Post by: Ryan Sullivan on November 11, 2013, 05:38:03 pm
Apparently darker ink means more curling. My cover's mostly black, so if the matte finish fixes the curling, then that's very, very important to me.
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Post by: Ardin on November 11, 2013, 05:48:19 pm
Awesome!
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Post by: shel on November 11, 2013, 05:49:27 pm
I just ordered samples of all my books in matte covers. One thing I noticed when ordering--it automatically changed the size to 6x9, which is larger than I ordinarily use. So, I'd make more/book because the page count is reduced, but I'm not sure if I'll like the larger dimensions.   
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Post by: WPotocki on November 11, 2013, 05:54:58 pm

No, I didn't get any email, but so happy about having this choice.

Love a matte finish. Given the right design, it's very sophisticated.

Thanks.

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Post by: Zoe York on November 11, 2013, 06:08:55 pm
I just ordered samples of all my books in matte covers. One thing I noticed when ordering--it automatically changed the size to 6x9, which is larger than I ordinarily use. So, I'd make more/book because the page count is reduced, but I'm not sure if I'll like the larger dimensions.   

What do you mean, it changed the size? That would mess with your cover and spine dimensions, no?
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Post by: Bruce Rousseau on November 11, 2013, 06:09:19 pm
I just ordered samples of all my books in matte covers. One thing I noticed when ordering--it automatically changed the size to 6x9, which is larger than I ordinarily use. So, I'd make more/book because the page count is reduced, but I'm not sure if I'll like the larger dimensions.   

Well, the sample was much cheaper than the usual author copies of my book and it was the wrong size.  So I assumed it was a generic "sample" of the matte finish, not my book in matte finish.  Please let us know what you get with the "6x9 sample".
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Post by: 31842 on November 11, 2013, 06:10:23 pm
SO HAPPY!!!  Thank you for alerting us!  I didn't get the email.  Off to CreateSpace to start changing covers!
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Post by: JamieDeBree on November 11, 2013, 06:18:15 pm
I prefer glossy too, Patty. You're not the only one. :)

That said, congrats to everyone else! More choice is always better!
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Post by: 68564 on November 11, 2013, 06:22:07 pm
(http://mrwgifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Kermit-Goes-Crazy-On-Stage-In-Sesame-Street-Gif.gif)

Embossed lettering next, please?

This!!

Of course I JUST approved physical proofs of all my books, so probably wait till after the new year to try matte. :(
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Post by: Ryan Sullivan on November 11, 2013, 06:52:56 pm
The new matte option has made me go ahead and update the font and typesetting in my book to follow my next release. I've been fiddling with it for ages, but this has tipped me over the edge.
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Post by: shel on November 11, 2013, 07:03:01 pm
What do you mean, it changed the size? That would mess with your cover and spine dimensions, no?

I know. You would think so, right?  All of my books are 5.25 x 8, but when I checked the matte cover option it defaulted to 6 x 9, reduced the page count, and then offered the option to order a sample, so I did @$2.66/each.  I like to live dangerously. :)

I'm curious to see what I get. The interior may be a hot mess, too, but we'll see. At the very least, I'll have a quick idea of how the cover image looks in matte. 
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Post by: donnajherren on November 11, 2013, 07:19:36 pm
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Post by: Vaalingrade on November 11, 2013, 07:26:43 pm
After a brief check,t he only books in my collection that are matte are Dead Iron and The Iron Wyrm Affair... so at least in spec-fic, this seems to be a strictly steampunk deal.

Seeing as I like glossy way too much, I'm declaring that glossy is dungeonpunk standard.
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Post by: Saul Tanpepper on November 11, 2013, 07:35:57 pm
After a brief check,t he only books in my collection that are matte are Dead Iron and The Iron Wyrm Affair... so at least in spec-fic, this seems to be a strictly steampunk deal.

Seeing as I like glossy way too much, I'm declaring that glossy is dungeonpunk standard.

Agreed. As much as I like the look and feel of matte, especially for more literary titles, I'm hard pressed to consider switching for my specfic works. The gloss just seems more "right."
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Post by: CarlSinclair on November 11, 2013, 08:15:28 pm
Great news. I know they have been allowing certain people on request do this, but I know others who asked and got told know. Matte looks so much better, I'm glad they are working at improving their quality overall.
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Post by: Al Dente on November 11, 2013, 08:31:46 pm
I think we're reading the "order a sample book" option wrong. I don't think it's changing the dimensions of our book and sending us a sample of it. I think it's sending a generic sample of a book authored by Createspace so we can see what their matte versions look like. I could be wrong, though.
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Post by: Ryan Sullivan on November 11, 2013, 08:56:51 pm
I hope you're right, David. I don't mind waiting a bit if it means the other trims will be covered as well. (Pun not intended. :P)
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Post by: Ryan Sullivan on November 11, 2013, 09:59:11 pm
Sorry, I think I misunderstood. So we CAN upgrade our 5.25x8 books now? And the 6x9 sample is just an example? (Man, I should start on poetry.)
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Post by: Sarah Stimson on November 12, 2013, 01:20:23 am
Whoop!  I was going to press publish on my CS book yesterday but am now very glad I waited.

Mine is 8.5" x 5.5" and it gives me the option of matte.
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Post by: Ryan Sullivan on November 12, 2013, 01:33:09 am
I updated mine with the matte option as well! It's very easy if you just want to switch to matte.

Unfortunately, I also decided to give the interior a major facelift. I hope they take it.
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Post by: Eva Hudson on November 12, 2013, 03:17:33 am
Thanks for sharing - went straight to CS to change mine.
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Post by: Amanda Brice on November 12, 2013, 08:43:20 am
I didn't get the email. Only hearing of it here. But very excited because it will be perfect for the new series I'm starting!

(I'll stick with glossy for my existing series.)
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Post by: Victoria J on November 12, 2013, 09:48:46 am
I like the glossy covers but it's nice to have the matte option now. Since I've started my current series out with the glossy covers I'll wait until my next series for the matte covers.