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>>>>When writing your self published book, what word processing program do you use and why.

Spence: Forgive me if this is off-topic, as I'm not self-published. But It seems the reasons for using a particular WP would be the same whether someone is self-published or planning on being commercially/traditionally published.

I went with MS Word for my book for one simple reason: That's what most business people use for word processing, which means most businesses have it; if not on every desktop, at least on some. This means that it is unlikely that I would sent a manuscript to a publisher that can't open the file and read it (assuming that they take electronic submissions, either initially or after reading the printed version). If I were to use a wonderful, yet relatively unknown WP, there is a good chance the publisher wouldn't be able to do anything with it in its native format, so what's the point.

From a self-publishing standpoint, if someone is planning on releasing the document as a PDF file, Word integrates wonderfully with Adobe Acrobat. All it takes to create a PDF file is to click on the Acrobat icon on the Word toolbar and give the file a name. It couldn't be simpler.

Word offers a number of features to "pretty up" a document (borders, clipart, fancy fonts, "word art" and the like), but I don't normally use them. They might be more useful for a self-published work, where the author would be trying to make the document look fancier.

I don't know that this post helps any, but maybe it'll serve as a starting point: all the reasons to pick something other than MS Word.... <g>

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