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    This is for folks who have published or attempted to get a book published. What did you use to draft your book? Of course there is the Microsoft Word way. But what about all these book publishing programs like BookSmart/BookWright? I need some suggestions.

    And I know it's a long shot since this isn't one of our most popular boards. But, I'm hoping someone out there has some advice.
    "Be what you're looking for."


  • Never wrote a whole book. But i did a few smaller projects with BookSmart and it's great!

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    • I had a girlfriend who self published. It was a long tedious process and I think in the early stages she just used whatever word processor she had on her pc.
      Best of luck

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      • One of daughters life partner uses Book smart as well. To create 40 to 50 page documents for her work and she loves this program. Since my dad passing away over two years ago. I want to write a book of his life so she going to help me ge it off the ground and get it down after her my daughter get married this September of this year.
        When out driving always turn left. Then, should you become lost, you can find your way home by reversing the procedure and always turning right.

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        • Thank you all! I was using BookSmart/BookWright but honestly, I just wasn't happy with it. It put more of an emphasis on formatting and less on the writing. Maybe it would be good for someone who already had the book written and could just copy and paste it into the program, but for me I felt it was very restricting. You have to create text boxes for your text and it doesn't carry over from one page to another. Also there is no spell check. I found that if I went back and changed anything in previously saved pages, it would sometimes knock the formatting off for the entire book. I also began to worry about all the T's and C's associated with it.

          I ended up deleting the program and just using doing a Word manuscript. So far, I'm much happier with that.
          "Be what you're looking for."

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          • That's similar to what my friend's complaint was...she just wanted to pound out the ideas, and not fuss with the finer details of formats until later.

            I actually think she started her first novel in the series before the fancier products were available, but she did try these with her second in the series.

            It's a tedious process. She has lost so much money through it all. Accomplishing her dream and the satisfaction she feels is her only reward. We all admire and respect her, but her book has not sold well at all.

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            • I imagine that book publishing is like journal publishing: it's the content that matters and the publisher will sort out the formatting for you. I always use word for my manuscripts and wouldn't consider using anything else.
              “...choose to believe in your own myth
              your own glamour
              your own spell
              a young woman who does this
              (even if she is just pretending)
              has everything....”
              ― Francesca Lia Block, How to (Un)cage a Girl

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              • Calibri, most authors these days, are self published initially, so there's no formatting or editing done by the publisher prior. Maybe it's an option for more money...but my friend had her peers helping her do all that. (Her weakness-punctuation, spelling, etc)
                She's taken the long route in a lot of ways, and it's been a 10+ yr process from writing to published work. She works full time so it's a hobby for her...and I guess it always will be.

                It isn't like peer reviewed journal/research articles that you or I would have published in a professional magazine or something. I presume that's what you mean anyway...where they proof it and edit to their liking without changing content...

                Anyway. BD, best of luck in your writing!

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                • Oh, ok, hmm, guess I should be think more carefully about that novel I'm writing then!

                  So if you self publish you have to do all the proof reading and formatting yourself? Eeek. Id still use word for that though because the spell and grammar checks at least work! Plus I don't know any better! Sorry not to be any more helpful beautiful disaster.
                  “...choose to believe in your own myth
                  your own glamour
                  your own spell
                  a young woman who does this
                  (even if she is just pretending)
                  has everything....”
                  ― Francesca Lia Block, How to (Un)cage a Girl

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                  • Calibri, don't let me cast doubts for you...I only know this from her experience. It could be very different for you, and it may be different there in the UK also.

                    She said unless you've already established a reputation, it's difficult to even get them to read your draft. She had nobody accept to read her work...I think she sent it to several publishing houses.
                    Anyway, yes all her friends did the readings and corrections and offered feedback on it.

                    She's very happy tho. She always wanted to do this and she reached her goal.
                    She also has done all the marketing herself so, she continues to throw money at it and find creative ways to get herself out there, while depleting her retirement fund I believe...and books continue not to sell...
                    There are times I feel she's reached a point of desperation...but she keeps going. I admire her for it.

                    Anyway, it's a dream and commitment she's made to herself so she's now writing the second in the series.
                    If it's a dream of yours then pursue it!

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                    • Ah yes. One who dreams of making millions should not aspire to be a full time writer. Certainly there are authors who do reach that level of fame, but it is harder than ever before with technology at everyone's fingertips.

                      Calibri, there are professionals you can hire to edit/proofread your work. They don't come cheap, but are worth it if you're seriously going to publish the book. Nothing makes avid readers more irritated than poorly written books with bad grammar and spelling! And it's nearly impossible to proofread your own writing adequately.

                      Self publishing is an investment. But if you can't get picked up by a publisher it's really the only option.
                      "Be what you're looking for."

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                      • You mean that Harper Collins and macmillan dump my as of now three page long manuscript in the bin before it has time to be written, that this doesn't have to crush my dream of being a published fiction writer? Cool. I cannot abide poor grammar and it irks me something rotten when I am the culprit! Well I'd proof read your manuscript for a small fee (like some cake or something). I'm used to editing and proofreading scientific manuscripts and theses.

                        What do you write about?

                        PS I'm only semi serious about writing the novel I started... I spend my writing time and energy spewing out nonsense on My blog because it's easier! I've got a ton of poetry I'd like to publish, but I just put them on my blog instead! Though I did once have one poem published because it was selected by poetry.com to go in an anthology or something.
                        “...choose to believe in your own myth
                        your own glamour
                        your own spell
                        a young woman who does this
                        (even if she is just pretending)
                        has everything....”
                        ― Francesca Lia Block, How to (Un)cage a Girl

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                        • Originally posted by calibri~ View Post

                          What do you write about?
                          Who me? I'm mostly just writing for my own therapy. My boyfriend (and long time best friend) was killed by a drunk driver 6 months ago. After losing my dad at a young age, and then this, I spend a lot of time reflecting on grief, the different kinds of grief, what we go through versus what we tell people we go through, etc. So far it's about 70 pages of that kind of discussion, with poetry and photography mingled in. Whether I ever do anything with it or not once it's done, who knows?

                          And no one but you all even knows I'm doing it.
                          "Be what you're looking for."

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                          • I encourage you both to pursue it. Whether as hobby, as therapy or your passion. Writing is often overlooked, it's value understated.

                            In a low level English class in college, I won some award for an essay I wrote. Back then I considered English as a major, & writing was a passion of mine. I quit writing shortly after I decided on my major and immersed myself elsewhere. I've often kicked myself for throwing out the joy I found in writing, along with my indifference for literature.

                            Anyway, my friend has, unfortunately exhausted most of us with her absorption in this book business. We were all happy to help, but now she's reduced herself to bringing books with her anywhere, displaying them and shamelessly attempting to engage potential buyers...at upscale dinner tables and such. I've been embarrassed for her at times. But I also understand her desperation. She's manipulated some of into girl weekend events that turned into book sales. Many of us have distanced ourselves now.
                            But I'm just chatting. A bit bored.

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                            • Eeeek, ya that sounds very annoying atskitty2. I can't imagine doing that. If I ever published a book I'd want people to buy it because they want to read it, not because I asked them to "make a donation" to my cause (my cause being that I wanted to right a book...lol). It's like the people who get into selling something (Mary Kay, Thirty One, etc) and try to sell it at EVERY function.

                              Thanks for the encouragement. In my day to day activities, I find myself affected by grief in so many different ways. I have all these thoughts. It just makes sense to write them down.

                              Perhaps you could find your way back into writing someday?
                              "Be what you're looking for."

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