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By Joan Frantschuk
Have you ever screamed at Word because it just will not cooperate?
Word is a writer’s best tool, best resource, best friend. Writing a book is hard enough without the added aggravation that unfamiliarity with Word can create. As a writer, you owe it to yourself to learn how to use all its features—without shouting. If your font changes unexpectedly, your pages break in weird places, your titles are wonky, then this course is for you.
In Mastering Word for Fiction Writers, you’ll uncover the solution of Styles for consistent text, the speed and convenience of the Navigation Pane for reorganizing your scenes and clicking around your manuscript, and how to write a synopsis in just THREE steps.
Do you want to improve your editing skills and work easily with editors?
Word can help you write your book without aggravation, frustration, and distraction, allowing you to focus on…
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“My cover designer wants to know my list price for the bar code. Where the heck do I get that price from?”
Before we begin, there’s a cast of characters for you to meet.
The Author/Publisher: that’s you.
The Printer/Distributor: companies like CreateSpace, IngramSpark and many others.
The Retailer: bookstore and libraries.
The Reader: the end consumer of your books.
The List Price
LIST PRICE = FIXED COST + ROYALTY
This is the price the reader will pay to get her hands on one copy of your beautiful print book. It’s usually added to the barcode on the back cover. Above is the barcode from Above Scandal by my alter ego Joan Leacott. The list price is $17.95 US. The price is coded into the shorter set of bars. Because I’m Canadian, I include a price in Canadian dollars.
The Retailer sometimes gets a portion of the LIST…
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A very informative article. Well worth the lcick. (If only there was some way to catch those typos and mistkes. 😉 )
For pointing out gaping plot holes, sagging middles and uneven character development, nothing beats the eagle eyes of a good editor. I wouldn’t publish without one.
But for spell checking, grammar checking and copy editing, I rely on three electronic tools to help me polish my manuscript.
This post takes a closer look at what Word has to offer.
Word Proofing Options
Word has a wide array of proofing options grouped under AutoCorrect, spelling and grammar checking, and writing style options.
You’re familiar with autocorrect on your phone and the inadvertent, and sometimes hilarious, assumptions that apps make. Word does the same. Those funny substitutions don’t mean you turn off Word’s AutoCorrect; it’s far too valuable to ignore.
- seven AutoCorrect options
- ten AutoFormat options
- fourteen AutoFormat As You Type options.
- replace straight quotes with curly quotes
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“Re-Inventing Love was an entertaining and engaging read. The characters were very endearing and I loved Max’s distinctive voice. Storm created a very credible world and I was transported there every time I picked the book up. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.”
It also won an HONORABLE MENTION.
I’ve banded together with lots of awesome authors to offer you books, books and more books. For FREE FREE FREE. (Did I mention FREEEE?) If you like screwball comedy, funny fantasy, parody and…
I learned so much from Joan about using Microsoft Word as an author. This course is a winner!
Welcome to the first few days of the Fall 2016 TV season. If you’re like me, this is the best thing about Fall. Now if only they could make it pumpkin spice flavoured.
I’ve already deleted “Kevin Can Wait” and “The Good Place” from rotation. Never even made it through the first episode of the latter. I’m delighted to have “Lucifer” back. “Big Bang Theory” didn’t start off with a big bang, but that’s okay. We’ll stick by our goofy gang of geeks for another season.
I did watch “This is Us.” I’m not sure why I bothered to record it because the promo ads didn’t make it look particularly interesting, and that’s too bad, because it was. By the end of the first ep, I found myself heavily engaged with all the characters, pleased with their actions, and whoo-boy, I did not see that twist coming. They played me like an aging arcade game.
So what’s it like, you ask. (Sure you did.) That’s a toughy. It’s dark and yet funny, in an almost Buffy-esque kind of balance, and yet it’s kind of an inspirational at the same time. Sort of “Love Boat” meets “Touched by an Angel” meets “insert serious drama here.” All those those. None of those.
I have no idea where the show is going or even what they’re going to do for the next episode since the set-up was pretty damn grand. For once, I feel that the writers actually have a plan. Let’s hope they get the chance to show it to us.
Check it out.
My friend Jamie has posted a fascinating report on this year’s Writer’s Police Acedemy.
My four days spent at the Writers Police Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin was fantastic! Action packed and non-stop, literally. Up at 5 am every day, breakfast at 6 and the buses left at 7:30. Didn’t get back to the hotel until 4 pm. Crashed at about 9:30 pm every night. Ugh. But it was so worth it!
I posted a bunch of updates and photos to Facebook while I was there, so I thought I’d copy and paste everything here, too, so all of you could see what I was up to as well. 🙂
Here I am after registration the first night. They had a bunch of emergency vehicles set up for us to look at in the parking lot of the hotel. Look at the size of the search and rescue vehicle behind me!
And to give you an idea how many people attend this conference, here…
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