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margo catrambone

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Help me please.What software to use
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 11:19 AM
 
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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
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 11:35 AM   in response to: margo catrambone in response to: margo catrambone
 
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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.

Most use the program Word (Word.doc).

For paperback, format for paperback and save as a PDF. Upload the PDF at CreateSpace (also Amazon).
For digital, format for digital and save as a .doc. Upload the .doc. Upload AT the Kindle site.
Notjohn

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Re: Help me please.What software to use
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 12:09 PM   in response to: margo catrambone in response to: margo catrambone
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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.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: Help me please.What software to use
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 1:10 PM   in response to: margo catrambone in response to: margo catrambone
 
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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.

Hope that helps.

Good luck. J
Emily Veinglory

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Re: Help me please.What software to use
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 1:31 PM   in response to: margo catrambone in response to: margo catrambone
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Word is fine. you don't need to even consider using something else until you have finished writing the manuscript.
margo catrambone

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Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:57 AM   in response to: Emily Veinglory in response to: Emily Veinglory
 
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Thank you so much for your help, I am a fish out of water here and need all the guidance I can get
margo catrambone

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Re: Help me please.What software to use
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 7:00 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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So microsoft word is microsoft word doc correct? just want to make sure I buy the right program
B.L. Alley

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Re: Help me please.What software to use
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 7:05 AM   in response to: margo catrambone in response to: margo catrambone
 
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I use LibreOffice Writer. It's free and handles image inserting and page styles better than Microsoft Word. I'd recommend at least trying it. If you don't like it you can always buy Word.
Gary O'Riley

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Posted: Jan 2, 2018 7:22 AM   in response to: B.L. Alley in response to: B.L. Alley
 
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For years I've used WPS Office, by Kingsoft. Basically it's MS Office, but built by the Chinese. It's free to download.

Many Americans don't trust it, because they're worried the Chinese will somehow use it to spy on them. But to my mind It's no different to the NSA spying on us via MS products!

I trust neither the Chinese, Americans, my own UK government, or the EU, or the Russians!
chris

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Posted: Jan 2, 2018 5:22 PM   in response to: Gary O'Riley in response to: Gary O'Riley
 
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I have used WPS Writer, but used MS Word for the final product (called the doc up in Word, finished the eBook, saved it as a filtered HTML, etc.).

Still worked fine.
DidierAubin87

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Re: Help me please.What software to use
Posted: Jan 3, 2018 2:08 AM   in response to: margo catrambone in response to: margo catrambone
 
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Microsoft Word Office is the best software to write a manuscript. However you can use Google Docs, it is more realiable even when you use mobile.
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