copyright 2012 Gregory Scott
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As I begin to write this guide I want to make absolutely sure that my attempts to share with you how to use Open Office Writer to publish to Smashwords are not taken as criticism of Smashwords at all.
The Smashwords publishing platform is based on Microsoft Word. Word is the world standard for document/word processing and as such deserves to have publishing platforms like Smashwords based on it's unique features and proprietary designs.
Your use of Open Office is a choice that you, like me, have made. I've been using Open Office for about five years. I love it. It is quick and easy and the basic things I use it for do not require the features of Microsoft Word. It is also a free, open source program and - I'm cheap. I'd rather not shell out $300 for a home edition of Office that is not really any better than my Open Office.
Having said that, using Open Office to publish my books on Smashwords created a challenge. Okay, challenge is understating it. It was six days of very frustrating trial and error that finally ended when I used the methods described in this ebook.
The methods that I am going to show you have resulted in three of my books being accepted on their first upload to Smashwords with no autovetter errors. The fourth book - the first one that I “experimented with - took several attempts as I modified and adjusted how I used Open Office with Smashwords. My appreciation goes out to everyone at Smashwords for putting together such a valuable, flexible and efficient system!