I wrote the Windows 3.1 Resource Kit using my own WYSIWYG Word template, being the first to deliver Msft Press a camera-ready manuscript using only Msft tools. Then I became one of the first adopters of the infamous Msft MAE templates. Until I began creating Web pages—and even after—I did most of my writing in ready-for-print Word files.
In today’s news: hand-coding beats machines
You have perhaps endured accounts of my travails over the state of tools for building ebooks. Today I just gave up and hand-coded everything. Continue reading
Life as an Indie Publisher: Go-Live Task List
I pushed a new Jugum Press title live last week. Today I described the related tasks over lunch with my former Web-master, with whom I collaborated to publish several thousand major content pieces during our work life. She had a look of horror.
Here’s my hideous-tedious task list as Jugum Press managing editor to bring one title live in two formats.
Learning Not-So-New Technologies
I’m working on new tasks related to electronic publishing. If you follow any discussions on line, experienced users complain about the tools; new users blame themselves for their own confusion — just like the PC world.
The tools are new incarnations to support project and publication tasks that I’ve been doing for several decades. Here’s what I’ve learned about the new tools and processes I’m mastering:
Lots of important websites suck.
Lots of websites with wizard-like processes also blow.
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