Another ‘style’ we need to concern ourselves with is our grammar, spelling and usage style. For example, is ‘drop-down’ or ‘drop down’ correct? (Depends… if used as a noun or adjective, like ‘drop-down menu’ then the hyphen is correct. If used as a verb, as in “drop down and give me ten”, then no hyphen.) A style guide is a set of standards for the writing of documents that ensures consistency throughout a document, and encourages proper usage of the language.Read More
When I open a new document in my word processor program – whether I’m using MS Word, LibreOffice, or OpenOffice – the paragraph and page styles are usually set to the default styles, and 99% of the time, this is just fine for what I’m doing. I just start typing my document and use the default settings for font, font size, indenting, etc.
This isn’t a good way to format an eBook, however. For an eBook, it’s important to set up page and paragraph styles and save these as a template.Read More
Whether you’ve just finished writing the ‘Great American Novel’, a collection of travel vignettes, or a compilation of old family recipes, you may want to take the next step; put it into book form and publish it. Maybe you’re hoping that it will become the next NY Times bestseller or maybe you just want to send copies to friends and family – in either case, the process isn’t that expensive or that difficult. Here’s how we do it…Read More