Indie Writers: Make MS Word Work for You Instead of Against You

Tips, hints and dark secrets of Word revealed in this excellent post. What a great post! A big thank you to JM Manus! I’m keeping this one close by so I can use it next time I’m trying to format my document.

And here‘s another great post by the same author on Clean Source Files. It’s a how-to for formatting any manuscript into something that can become an ebook.

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A Quick Primer for Fiction Writers in using Microsoft Word in the Digital Age

It always saddens me a little when a writer sends me an overly formatted Word doc to turn into an ebook or print-on-demand. It’s not that I have to clean it up–I can strip and flip the messiest files in less than an hour. What bugs me is how much thought and effort the writer wasted on utterly useless manuscript styling.

Example of a Word doc that has been overstyled. Example of a Word doc that has been overstyled.

The majority of writers I work with use Word. The vast majority have no idea how to use Word for their own benefit. I understand. I was a fiction writer for over two decades and even though I have been using computers and a variety of word processing programs since the late ’80s, it wasn’t until I started learning book production that I figured out how…

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6 thoughts on “Indie Writers: Make MS Word Work for You Instead of Against You

  1. I think this a great post! I use Word, I don’t want to mess with learning Scrivener right now, I just want to get first draft done. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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