[AccessD] Book or writing template

Susan Harkins ssharkins at gmail.com
Sun Oct 2 21:12:17 CDT 2022

John, who is the publisher and if that's you, how are you going to distribute it?

Susan H. 

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From: AccessD <accessd-bounces+ssharkins=gmail.com at databaseadvisors.com> On Behalf Of John Colby
Sent: Sunday, October 2, 2022 7:18 PM
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Subject: Re: [AccessD] Book or writing template

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_doExtens
> ionSearch=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

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