This is an extremely brief overview of how to use OpenOffice.org Writer (also Libre- and StarOffice) to perform the Nuclear Method of book formatting exhaustively covered in the Smashwords Styleguide.
The text is brief and the author desperately needs to send it to a proofreader. That said, the information is solid and deadly accurate.
1. If you are an Open/Libre/StarOffice Writer ninja, you don't need this guide. It won't hurt you to spend the $0.99 and three minutes reading this, but you will likely be disappointed.
2. If you frequently use paragraph formatting features of Writer, you probably don't need this guide. The $0.99 is not a large investment and you may pick up something you don't already know or use all the time. However, it's a pretty good walkthrough.
3. If you mostly use Writer as a basic text editor with some bold and italics, this is a great introductory guide, but I cannot strongly enough recommend a thorough exploration of a more exhaustive OO.o manual. You should spend the $0.99 to help you get published quickly. Then buy and read a more thorough manual.
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.
This would be five-star except for the very abrupt ending. Cliffhangers are great but this is a bit much. An epilogue or chapter from the next book in the end-matter would help. If I did not already know this was the first of a series, the ending would have completely turned me off.
That said, I very much enjoyed this little story. The main character is remarkable and the story flows well, scene to scene. Descriptions of the effects of assorted events were very believable to a hard science person and lend some credence to the fantastical elements, preserving suspension of disbelief.
Fantastic romance story. This is the calibre of stuff the big romance publishers really need to start producing. The "adult" aspects are very well written, plenty of humour. Very enjoyable.
Could use more/better proofreading and some line editing, though. (-1 stars)