Friday, May 10, 2013

Small Celebration - PROOFREADING aids!

Small or large?  This is a good question.

Let me just say that I am celebrating several things.  They have to do with a book I reissued in Kindle, with a new cover, part of a series, free on KDP.

Celebrating?  What?

Well, let's see:

1.  the cover design.  I'm happy with it.  I already posted about that, but

2.  I decided to do a trial run with Microsoft Office (free for 30 days; monthly fee after that)
It made inserting clickable chapters and such absolutely easy, and - but I'm getting ahead of myself.

So, the book is free.  I want to make certain it's the best it can be.  I get it set up for Kindle which, with this new MS application, is easy.

I then update the paperback.

Typesetting error (insert loud 'ARGH!')  I pull up the thing, find the problem, fix it, I think...  Then I see the page numbering, which is all messed up.  At this point, uttering curses, I settle down to fix the pagination which, trust me, is a major pain. 

It was not.  This new MsWord is a dream.

All done.  I'm celebrating!  ...And I hope you all have something really good to celebrate this weekend!

14 comments:

  1. Don't I know about getting the correct page number on the even and odd pages! Headers and Footers-a mystery (and pain) to behold...You can truly be glad for your victory on so many levels. Congratulations on all.
    Happy celebration. As always,
    Inge

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    1. Thanks, Inge! I do wish I lived in an era where I could summon my assistant and ask him to set things straight. One can daydream, though...

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  2. Congratulations Diana! You sound very techno-savvy... and that's a good thing to celebrate! (coming from a techno-challenged person...)
    Have a great weekend!

    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Michelle -
      You seen techno-savvy, yourself, actually!

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  3. Glad you're finding the software easy to work with!

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    1. Thanks, Lara-

      ...though I do wish I had that secretary. Nathan Fillion, perhaps...

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  4. Clickable chapters! Say it ain't so! I must check this out.
    ~Just Jill
    P.S. I nominated you for a Liebster over at the nut-tree. My aplogies in advance for making you link up eleven blogs.

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    1. It is so! (And easy, once someone shows you how to do it...)
      Working on the Liebster... (thanks!)

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  5. MS is a difficult program to get yourself to purchase! In college it was always passed around. But I did break down and purchase a copy when I got my Mac. I'm glad I did.

    Keep on celebrating your book, and have a great weekend. Writer’s Mark

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    1. Thank you, Nancy - I enjoyed your Mother's day post.

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  6. Congratulations, you are really making progress and I'm in awe of your technical abilities. I'm ready to pull my hair out trying to figure out formatting and whatnot.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you! Someone pointed me to youtube videos on the subject and I am stunned. It's rather like having a (nice) instructor showing me what to do. AND I can hit the 'pause' and 'back up' buttons! Ta-Dah!

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    1. Hurrah for small celebrations, Ms. VikLit!

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