I use Word to finish up a manuscript. Then for an ebook I clean up Word's awful html and build the book in Sigil, and for the paperback I build a PDF in OpenOffice Writer, which does a better job than Word does.
Others use special purpose software like Vellum or Scrirvener.
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)
margo catrambone wrote:
Please help, I am new and just starting out, what software should I use to write my manuscript, Currently I am using document word.
Thanks in advance... Margo
I've also used word from the start for all my books, and had no problems, but I made sure I used styles and got the formatting right. (I also convert it to HTML immediately before uploading (easy to do in the 'save as' function).)
There are plenty of books on how to set up for kindle, but the one I found most useful was Mark Coker's 'Smash words Style Guide'. It not only gets your book to a good enough standard to publish on kindle, but also, if you decide to publish wider through Smash words themselves, your book is already up to scratch and ready to go through their 'meat-grinder' (as they call it) which converts it into multiple formats for distribution. The guide is also written in plain English, for beginners, with a lot of humour. Believe me, that helps!
Obviously, others will have their own personal preferences, but that's as good a place as any to start, especially as you'll need to learn about styles to use word properly for anything. It's also often free to download.