Monthly Archives: August 2017

2017 Revised Edition of The Handyman’s Guide To Profit

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In 2009, during that sad economy, I wrote and published “The Handyman’s Guide To Profit” and it’s still a popular book. Times have changed and the economy has improved significantly. Unemployment is much lower but there are still many that are unemployed and underemployed so I have revised the guide and lowered the price. If you have basic home repair skills and have ever considered the benefits of self employment in any economy check out the 2017 Revised Edition of “The Handyman’s Guide To Profit” at http://handyman-business-guide.com/ . Thanks.

Learn To Use Your Tools

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Word is an excellent tool for writing and creating the final files for self publishing, but many authors don’t take the time to learn even the basics of using this great software. As a publisher, I get manuscripts full of needless multiple formatting with tabs and single spaces that create problems for final formatting. On more than one occasion I’ve had to clear all the formatting so that I could begin again with clean text. One was so problematic that I copied the entire manuscript and pasted into Notepad to wipe all formatting. Then I copied and pasted it onto a new Word file. I suggest using Normal Style for writing and leave the formatting for after all the editing is complete, especially if you aren’t doing the formatting.

My Tools For Books and eBooks

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Reading books, blogs, and websites about self publishing reveal a long list of excellent tools you can use to create the files needed to self publish a book or ebook. I use three tools for publishing my books and those of other authors.

My main tool is Microsoft Word which I always use to create my original manuscript. For the Kindle version or Smashwords version, this is the basic tool I need to create the final file for upload and publication. Used correctly, Word will produce excellent results. You can also create your print books with Word, but I prefer a publishing software for this purpose.

For my print version, I prefer to use PagePlus, an excellent desktop publishing software that I began using in 2007. The first version I used was X4, and I am now using X9. Even though there have been improvements with each new version, for print books PagePlusX4, X5, X6, and X7 are perfectly adequate and can be purchased from Amazon.com inexpensively. Serif is a British company, and they are now into a new software called Affinity, and they are selling PagePlusX9 as a legacy application for only 19.99 British Pounds which is $25.74, a great bargain. I may try their Affinity product at some future date, but for now, I’m fine with PagePlusX9.

The third tool, Adobe Photoshop, I use to create covers and manage other images. There are other options including Serif PhotoPlus, which is now available at bargain prices, and GIMP available free. Questions, bill@positive-imaging.com .


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