My Project

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Raspberry Pi

Lason, My First Book
Software Used

When I did my first story dump, I was sitting at my Hackintosh. A Hackintosh is a computer built from PC computer parts that is running the Mac operating system. Sitting in the system tray was an application called iBooks Author. I gave it a try and found it very easy to use. This was during the initial phase of dumping the story from my head to text as fast as I could. I could have used any editor or word processor for this phase, but I just happened to try this one. As I got more into the application I decided to research it and other options. What I learned is iBooks Author was used to publish iBooks and would not support much of anything else.

So I researched other options. I read about the advantages and disadvantages of using a word processor like Microsoft Word. Although many writers use a standard word processor they really do a poor job of formatting output for a book. Many publishers and editors can take Word documents, and may require them, but for final page layout they use other software to format it, like Adobe InDesign. The bottom line based on my research is that a word processor like Microsoft Word is not the best tool for the job. Don’t get me wrong if you love Word and know how to use it, you can use it. There are just better tools for writing a book.

I ended up picking Scrivener. It was created from the ground up for writing books and self-publishing. It is very easy to layout your book in scenes, chapters, and sections. It outputs the text following standard book layouts and avoids all of the word processor text format issues. In addition to how easy it is to use and format your text, the feature I liked best is the ability to compile your book into many different formats. You can create a variety of e-publish formats to publish on Nook, Amazon, or others. Without changing anything, you can create your PDF for Createspace or other PODs. You can even output it to Microsoft Word if your editor requires that. Also, built-in is an area to define character attributes as well as other unique and helpful features.

In the end, I feel using Scrivener had many advantages over a standard word processor like Microsoft Word. I am glad I spent the time researched it. I did use other software like Libra-Office to read the Microsoft Word documents from my editor and iBook Author to publish the book in Apple’s iBook store. I also used Unix tools like SED to remove hard to find things like double spaces (unique to me).