where the writers are

Formatting | Formatting

jane-wilson's picture
May.05.2013
Last weekend, I tried to write "The Torch Bearer."  Tried, as in formatted and reformatted the original version countless times over the course of several hours, using two different word processing programs.  Each time I previewed the copy I'd pasted to my Redroom page, all my...
rosy-cole's picture
Jan.22.2012
      The pilcrow is a cryptic beastHis character uprightA sentinel whose measured stridesSuggest a blessed foresight. Observe him well and you will seePale Nemesis gives chaseYet hindsight's backward glance deletesThat scourge of random space. It's plain his purpose justifiesA...
robert-earle's picture
Oct.29.2011
I finally have managed to launch publication of The Man Clothed in Linen on Amazon and Barnes and Noble...but it's been a struggle, and I have a lot more to do. Here are some of my experiences: I tried Scrivener as a means of formatting my Word document as an ebook.  It was way too complicated...
dale-estey's picture
Oct.02.2011
  .   How Should Publishers Respond to eBook Errors?By Jason Boog Today Amazon wirelessly replaced the eBook version ofNeal Stephenson‘s Reamde after readers found errors in the $16.99 eBook. One customer called for a 75 percent refund: “this level of...
david-alderman's picture
Jun.03.2011
Today I start the formatting stage for Endangered Memories. Seeing how the paperback version takes significantly longer to create because of proof ordering, mailing times, and the process scrutinizing the book for formatting errors, I've made the decision to release the ebook version of the...
robert-earle's picture
May.13.2011
A few days ago I blogged that I had placed A MAN CLOTHED IN LINEN, a novel in which Herod the Great is the illegitimate father of Jesus  on Kindle.  That seems to have transpired without any great mystery or glitches, although I ended up with a thumbnail cover I didn't expect (and have...
jm-cornwell's picture
Mar.10.2011
Over the past two weeks I have been busy getting my novel ready for publication, dealing with proofreaders (very important people), formatting, checking, rechecking and then waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting. Most of the waiting is for computer programs to verify and mix up my words so...
cheryl-l-snell's picture
Nov.06.2010
My second novel, Rescuing Ranu, is now available on Kindle. I’m still not sure about the logic of selling a book it took three years to write for $3.99 in the Amazon Kindle Store, but all the kids are doing it, and maybe you want to, also. To edit your word doc source file for electronic readers...
terry-odell's picture
Sep.09.2010
We all have crutch words--those words that seem to crop up in a manuscript, edging out other, more useful or appropriate words. Some of them seem to be the equivalent of the spoken "um" merely vamping until thoughts coagulate. I have a list, but even after I cull my known offenders,...
terry-odell's picture
Aug.30.2010
We spend a lot of time trying to ensure our work is perfect. Are my margins right? Correct font? Chapter headers starting in the right place? Should I use numerals or write out the words? Headers? Footers? Page numbers? How do I denote scene breaks? How many spaces at the end of a sentence? We...