Here are the basics steps on formatting your manuscript in Microsoft Word for self publication. These steps include including setting up the correct trim size, setting up the correct margins, formatting the text, and numbering the pages. Be sure your book is in ONE electronic file.
Well, Kevin joins us right now, and this has really been fun 'cause I have just spent close to an hour on your Wordslinger podcastand found out we have a lot in common, and you have a lot in common with a lot of off listeners as well, and people who watch our videos.
Thanks for agreeing to come on the podcast. Kevin, first of all tell me maybe a little bit about what Wordslinger is?
Well, Wordslinger, Wordslinger podcast is something I started about five years ago now, as a means for me to first connect with people that I wanted to talk to, so that I could learn things from people who were doing what I wanted to do. I talked to entrepreneurs, I talked to other authors, and it was a great way for me to connect, and learn, and I figured if I'm doing that, and if it's valuable to me, it's going to be valuable to others, so I started sharing those episodes, and it has been going strong ever since, man.
Now you are also an author. Tell us about the books you've written, and a little bit about what you've learned about publishing, and how it's changed. Then we'll get into the RV stuff, and opportunities for others. I've been a writer my whole life. I started writing very young. I wrote for newspapers all the way back when I was 12 years old.
That's been in my … Mike Wendland: When I started, 12 years old I sold my first story.
Actually, Kevin, I beat you though. I was the publisher I'll have you know, of the neighborhood news in Bay City, Michigan, and that started at the age of Anyway, we both started early. I did publish a small newsletter for my church, but I don't remember if that was before or after I started publishing.
But yeah, so, you know, I've been doing it for a while. It has been in my blood since I could write, honestly. And over the years I got into media.
I got into copywriting for marketing, and advertising, that sort of thing. That was my bread and butter. I did that freelance as a contractor for a few years, more than I can count I think.
And I always wanted to write fiction, and I was always writing short stories, and getting those published. And you know I had, had my, what I always call my starter chapters. That's where you start writing a book, and you kind of abandon it.
But eventually I got it down. I figured out a process that worked for me for producing a book, and I had a traditional contract briefly, but because I can do basic math, I figured out right away that I was gonna lose money.
They gave me an advance, but I was gonna be responsible for travel expenses, and I had to do the book tour as part of the contract.
I had a whole lot of expenses, and it was all coming out of my pocket, and I wouldn't make any money until I paid that advance back basically.Oct 10, · Change VolumeName to the appropriate volume name. In the last issue of WordTips there were a number of readers that got the idea that I was suggesting that people should use the FastSave feature.
Aug 03, · How to Write Your First eBook. In this Article: Article Summary eBook Help Writing Your eBook Publishing Your eBook Community Q&A Whether you have useful advice to sell, or just want your voice to be heard, putting your words in an eBook (electronic book) and selling virtual copies of it online is an effective, low-cost way to self-publish.
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Microsoft Word is an excellent book writing tool -- as long as you stick to typing text for the book's chapters.
It's less than stellar at handling jobs such as editing cover images and positioning objects to precise page locations quickly. Creating a book that has blank lines for readers to write on such as a journal or workbook? The instructions below will show you how to create note lines in Microsoft Word without using multiple underscores, which often do not format properly.
Michael N. Marcus discusses writing, editing, design, publishing, marketing, language, culture, politics, food and other things. This blog started in , was on hiatus for the summer and fall of , and restarted in December.