Basic Fiction Formatting for Smashwords in OpenOffice

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Seven basic steps to walk you through formatting your fiction book for publication through Smashwords using OpenOffice, the free office suite software.
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About L. Leona Davis

L. Leona Davis lives in Kaiserslautern, Germany with her soldier husband and infant daughter.

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Review by: B. Scott Tollison on May 5, 2016 :
A great guide for basic formatting in Open Office. Step by step instructions that are easy to follow and that helped me get my book set up for publishing on Smashwords. I tried Mark Coker's formatting guide, but, since I don't use Microsoft word and was unexperienced with the processes on Open office, I found it difficult to follow.

So I downloaded this guide and used it in conjunction with Mark Coker's formatting guide and found the process much easier.

I'm still looking for an alternative to the 'nuclear method' so I don't have to re-apply the italics through my entire document when I want to upload, but I'm not sure there is one.

I hope Mark Coker sets up a link to this book to make the upload process a little easier for those who don't use Microsoft Word. Either way, I'm happy I found this guide. Thanks to Leona Davis for creating it and making it freely available.
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Review by: Malcolm Torres on March 25, 2016 :
Good little resource that provides a simpler option than MS Word.
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Review by: PaulS972 on March 25, 2016 :
This book was so easy to use even though some of it is outdated. Recommended.
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Review by: David Wittlinger on Oct. 1, 2014 :
This book was a quick and easy guide to formatting using Open Office and so much easier to understand than the Smashwords style guide (which isn't bad, but is clear as mud compared to this little ebook). It follows a logical sequence and has screen shots of everything you need to follow along. Wonderful!
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Review by: Jake Yaniak on March 20, 2014 :
A very helpful, and best of all free, guide to formatting books for Smashwords in OpenOffice. If you're like me and you can't shell out big bucks for MS Word, this guide will help you get around some of the differences between Microsoft's program and OpenOffice.
A must if you want to self-publish without having to buy a new program. I even went back and used it to format my book for other platforms.
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Review by: Jordon Ross on Jan. 24, 2014 :
When I first started writing my book for Smashwords, this was the first thing I read. Everyone who comes here and uses OO, should get this book.
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Review by: Thorsten Nesch on Aug. 26, 2013 :
fantastic. thank you so much. i learnt a lot! short and very precise. well done!
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Review by: Robert Lucas on Aug. 11, 2013 :
Thank you so much for this! Extremely helpful for those who do not have or cannot afford Microsoft Word but still want to follow their dreams and publish their work!!
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Review by: Paraplegic Racehorse on Oct. 13, 2012 :
If you are familiar with OO.o, you probably have already figured out how to implement the Smashwords Style Guide in OO.o Writer. If you have not, this will walk you through, step by step in a clear and concise manner. Nothing is left to chance and, if you think the text is a little unclear, the screen captures will give you clarity.

There is even a nice little template in the back. Probably the only thing I would add to this is a how-to setup a document template (OO.o supports templates) with all the appropriate options already turned off and your favorite paragraph styles ready to be applied.
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Review by: Jutzie on June 23, 2012 :
I am just beginning a freelance editing business and I'm still in the learning stage. I was struggling with some formatting issues with Open Office and came searching for books that might help. Leona had a wonderful book here, her step-by-steps were so easy to follow and they solved many of my issues I was having with formatting a book. I'm thankful she took the time to share what she learned with those of us who also use Open Office.
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