[AccessD] Book or writing template

John Colby jwcolby at gmail.com
Sun Oct 2 18:17:34 CDT 2022

And what is most irritating, I downloaded the manual for Writer, which is a
very professionally written manual, good stuff, which states that it is
written using a template.  Does it provide a LINK to the template it uses?
OF COURSE NOT.  And so I go play an hour of Empire Deluxe.😜😁

On Sun, Oct 2, 2022 at 7:08 PM John Colby <jwcolby at gmail.com> wrote:

> Look at this mess...
> LibreOffice templates help
> <https://extensions.libreoffice.org/?Tags%5B%5D=118&q=&action_doExtensionSearch=Search>
> Hundreds.  Try filtering on book.  NOTHING.
> Sigh.
> On Sun, Oct 2, 2022 at 5:08 PM John Colby <jwcolby at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am trying to write an ebook for my classes and events.  I keep getting
>> bogged down in formatting.  TBH I have never written a book before and it
>> is a skill I have never mastered obviously.  Anyway, I am trying very hard
>> to use LibreOffice Writer rather than Office Word.  I have googled and I
>> just don't understand the whole template thing.  I downloaded and opened
>> several and though they do in fact seem to include 'all you need' what they
>> don't do is teach 'these are the tasks, and this is how you use them in
>> this template'.
>> My challenge is that I do not expect to make any money on this thing due
>> to the limited audience, and so paying much if anything for a Pro to do
>> this for me is a problem.  Not to mention that the worse my formatting, the
>> more time such a person would have to spend.
>> And so I am reaching out to this forum for advice.  I know that Rocky
>> wrote his book.  I know that Arthur has written an ebook.  And I know that
>> Susan writes for tech magazines.  So perhaps one of you or others on this
>> list can recommend a good book (ebook / kindle preferably) which discusses
>> the process of writing a book, focusing on using a modern editor to set up
>> everything.  And then discuss which if any template you use for your
>> writing.
>> I am thinking about such things as 'use this font for the main text, use
>> this for code, use this for notes'.  How to automatically format a section
>> of already written text to be one of those things.  For now I care less
>> about 'page and paragraph widows and orphans' and all that. Making  a TOC
>> and hyperlinks to get at the correct location would be good.
>> I just want to discover 'this is a good template for writing a technical
>> book, these are the things that a template does for you, and this is how
>> you get these things done using this template'.
>> I have a ton written but I need to make the push to get it done.  It was
>> written over the years, much of it came from the AccessD emails from long
>> ago, I have cut and pasted various things into a single document, and
>> therefore I have a mess I need to clean up.
>> --
>> John W. Colby
>> Colby Consulting
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> John W. Colby
> Colby Consulting

John W. Colby
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