It occured to me the other day that people may not know that Createspace, the accessible Print on Demand facility on Amazon, now has a MATTE cover option on its software.
That means the same kind of soft, durable, light-absorbent, non-reflective cover that you can see displayed in Waterstones,WH Smiths, Barnes and Noble and your local independent bookshop on the corner.
Here's a potentially great book, one where I stopped halfway through the e-book version and bought the paperback. After The Sucker Punch by Lorraine Devon Wilke.
It's a beautiful looking book with the Mattest cover ever. You could drop a tactical nuclear device right next to this cover and you wouldn't see a reflective flicker.
Knowing Lorraine had created a Matte cover influenced my decision.
|Nottingham Library - Pic Wiz Green (Ed)|
Tag me in the disappointed queue.
The old covers were glossy - like manuals and non-fiction textbooks. They didn't look quite right. There was something wrong with them - they didn't look like novels.
For fiction writers, you couldn't help but be disappointed. Fiction novels don't usually have covers where, on a sunny day, you can comb a mullet in the reflection.
So Amazon, who own Createspace, listened to the punters (including yours truly) and introduced the current situation.
Lovely, available, accessible for all, Matte covers.
I know these photos aren't fantastic but if I showed you how beautiful these books look, how they feel, how they can be experienced in hand, you may feel like saying,
"Dierdre. I'm skipping the e-book, dear. I'm going straight for the paperback."
"Roger, I've decided to publish my next Happy Ever After romance in paperback."
"That's excellent, Phyllis. I'll build a new bookshelf in the hall."
Take terrific Orange County "faction" writer, Brenda Perlin's paperbacks, which arrived hotfoot at the Cauldron today.
So now, with Matte covers, luscious cream pages, step-by-step instructions and a massive support network available on Twitter and Facebook, really, if you have written a decent book then let's be having you - hire yourself a cover designer and create a paperback.
After all, you can't put a Kindle book on a shelf (he says, with a wink).