This EZ e-book was created with the (free) Open Office (word processor) at absolutely no cost what-so-ever. It will walk you through the entire Smashwords e-book formatting process. You'll be finished formatting by the end of chapter 2. Use practically any full-featured word processor, (Macs too). This tiny e-book will make the e-book formatting job easier and faster no matter what word processor you choose, including Microsoft Word. (Secret: Open Office is free and actually easier to use than Word.)
Microsoft Word costs $109. Many of us can't or won't purchase it. I refused, and vowed to make the formatting job both cheaper and easier. It took six months but I've done it! I want to share the knowledge and save you 5 months, 29 days and 22 hours! This tiny e-book will show you how to completely format most e-books in under two hours. It has been carefully prepared with the computer novice (or computer-phobe) in mind.
Chapter's 1 3, and 4 will easily teach (in great detail) what you need to know and more. Chapter 2 walks you through the entire formatting process. Your e-book will be finished by the end of Chapter 2. You'll refer to the other chapters for things like learning to Highlight a heading, nuking and numerous computer-phope explanations that make it all easy as pie for any one who can turn a computer on and click a link.
What's the secret? I've setup (free download) templates that super-simplify everything. I've also discovered that F-key and Ctrl/codes eliminate 90% of the discussion and confusion.
It's simple! Load a template, (your choice). Delete the template text. Paste a nuked (plain text ) book or document where the template text was. Highlight a phrase or heading click (Ctrl/1, 2 or 3.), your choice. That heading is set. Then bookmark it in 10 seconds and Hyperlink it in 12 seconds. Move on to the next heading. That one is done! Step through your book one heading at a time, saving it as a Word 1997/2000 .doc file. Bam! You're finished! Go to the Meatgrinder! Your e-book will be available and for sale to millions an hour later.
The secrets I've discovered simplify the entire process by a factor of 10 saving you money and time.
You'll set all your Headings, insert bookmarks and hyperlinks, then head for the Meatgrinder and easily pass without rejection. If you use the (free) Open Office word processing software and my free templates along with this free e-book guide, it is possible to be finished with your 40-chapter e-book in a couple of hours, (even if you are a novice computer user).
I also offer free e-mail help as you do your own books. My e-mail address is available inside this e-book. Unless something is terribly wrong I answer all e-mail on the same day, usually within hours and sometimes in minutes. (Did I mention that I LOVE e-mail?)
Yes, I'll also do your e-books for you if you wish ($40). This e-book is designed to help you prove to yourself that you can do your own. It's actually fun, once you know my tricks!
Tip: Use practically any full-featured word processor, but Free Open Office is fastest and easiest for PC's and Macs too.
Why do I do all this for free?
It's all 100% free. No tricks, I promise. I'm 72-years old, retired (bored) and love e-mail interactions. I only want the chance to help you. If you want to repay me, buy my other novels and write me a great review! We'll be friends for life. (FYI: The pic of me above was taken in 1986.)
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About the Author
W.E. (Bill) Powelson hails from the deep South Texas border town of McAllen. He is currently retired (err-uhh, unemployable) and living happily in Daytona Beach, Florida, on the twelve dollars and fifteen cents he saved as a working Honky-Tonk drummer.
After a lifelong (50-year) career playing music (drums) for his supper, he is now in his golden years and has discovered that writing for the fun of it helps to keep a smile on his face. He is the author of five digital (html) e-books on the art of drumming; all of which may be viewed and studied online (or off), by going to “The Homestudy Institute of Drums” on the World Wide Web. (Just do a Google search for Bill Powelson.)
If you are seeking help with Smashwords Meatgrinder Formatting, e-mail him. Bill will be happy to help in every way he can, plus (if you prefer) he will format your e-books according to Smashwords specs for a fee of $20 per each 100 pages.
NOTE: If you are trying to use Word Starter to do your Meatgrinder formatting, feel free to e-mail Bill for free tips that may save you weeks of frustration.