Many people in BookVille probably know I work in MS Word 2000. After all, book designer Joel Friedlander did a whole post on how I make Word sit, fetch, roll over, and beg when I design print books. You may laugh, but I’m a born DIYer. I will find a way around a problem, and you won’t be able to tell I took the scenic route.
Thus, MS Word 2000 is my starting point for everything, from manuscript to digitization to print design.
A note: If I’m doing a manuscript-to-print job, my workflow process is digital first, then print design. It’s far more efficient.
My gimmick (for lack of a better term) is that I do all this by hand. That’s what a lot of people like to know, that I’m not just feeding their stuff into a program and giving them whatever comes out.
So here are the tools I use:
Note the absence of Adobe. I do use Adobe products, but not until print and/or graphics enter the picture, in which case:
There have been some changes to my system and there will be more as better tools come along, if they do.
I used to use Atlantis Word Processor to create an EPUB file, but I haven’t done that since I found Sigil. I do still love Atlantis, but the feature I bought it for is really inadequate for files people pay me to create. (Or it could just be that I’m too much of a control freak to not tinker with whatever’s under the hood.)
I am always streamlining my process, writing macros, building templates. Yes, I do it by hand, but there’s a lot of stuff I only need to do by hand ONCE. To that end, I’m learning AutoHotKey. Right now, I use ActiveWords for some macro functions, but I’m not sure that’s the best tool I could be using.
Now. How and why I use them is fodder for a manual…