Monthly Archives: November 2013

Self Publishing – Keeping It Simple – The First Draft

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I read many discussions on the best tool to use to write a book. Sometimes the discussion is about what word processor is best for writing the draft or manuscript. To me it is a totally irrelevant question. It really doesn’t matter what tool you use to write your book. You can use whatever is comfortable for you including just a pen or pencil in a simple notebook. Word is my preference for writing my first draft but I could just as well use OpenOffice or even Wordpad that comes free with Windows.

If you do use a word processor keep the style set at normal to avoid any complicated formatting that will cause problems when doing the final layout and formatting for the print or ebook versions. Avoid multiple spaces with the space bar and paragraph indentations with the tab key. Use the normal style with line and paragraph settings that work the same throughout your draft. Keep it as simple as possible because the draft is not the final file for publishing. Don’t begin the final formatting until your editing is completed and you have a final manuscript.

Self Publishing – Keeping It Simple – Intro

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From my own experience learning how to self publish books and ebooks I believe that the entire process is often overcomplicated or over priced unnecessarily. Since the mission of this blog is to simplify self publishing it’s time to get more specific with methods for simplifying every task. This post is an introduction to the many simple methods I use to write and publish my books and ebooks. These are methods that you can use to keep things simple.

I write and publish how-to books based on my personal experience but my methods will work just as well for any non-fiction books even if based on research and will even help with fiction books. In the next few posts I will cover every step I go through when writing and publishing my books. If you find them of value you can follow them and ask any questions you may have.

In the next post I will describe how I begin writing my books.


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