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The Self-Published WorkFlow - How to get your Book into Print using simple Tools and Ideas

The Self-Published WorkFlow - How to get your Book into Print using simple Tools and Ideas

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Published by Paul Read
How to capture ideas, and how to record them in a seamless workflow that takes your first notes and scribblings and transforms them into a finished product that can be uploaded to a Print on Demand Service, an Ebook provider like Smashwords, or simply offered on a site such as Scribd.

If you would like to read more on this theme, then take a look at The Manual of Bean Curd Boxing - Tai Chi and the Noble Art of Leaving Things Undone: http://teapotmonk.com
How to capture ideas, and how to record them in a seamless workflow that takes your first notes and scribblings and transforms them into a finished product that can be uploaded to a Print on Demand Service, an Ebook provider like Smashwords, or simply offered on a site such as Scribd.

If you would like to read more on this theme, then take a look at The Manual of Bean Curd Boxing - Tai Chi and the Noble Art of Leaving Things Undone: http://teapotmonk.com

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Published by: Paul Read on Oct 08, 2010
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The Ebook Work Flow
How to Get Your Book off the Screen and into the StoreUsing a laptop, a phone and some pretty smart apps.
By Paul Read
www.teapotmonk.com
How to get from all of this to...
The Manual of BeanCurd Boxing
Tai Chi and the Noble Art ofLeaving Things Undone
 
Getting Your Words Out of Your Head and into Print
This Work Flow is aimed at all those that wish to adopt the Ninjaapproach to writing a book. The essential tools, the appropriateoutfits and the all important facial postures are included to helpget your initial idea out of your head and down into print,whether that be for a final digital or paper product.This Workflow takes you through how I got my initial scribblestogether and shaped them into the two versions of the book yousee above :
Manual Of Bean Curd Boxing
is now available globally via the net asan ePub (Digital), POD (Print on Demand) paperback, and accompanied by an assortmentof free PDF documents and videos.The whole process was achieved, using a laptop, an iphone and at the last stage an iPad.Some people have asked how important were these devices, and my answer is that theyare all simply tools that I was lucky enough to have at my disposal, neither better norworse than any others that you will have. None were indispensable, everything could havebeen done more or less on any other device, only these were the ones I chose to use.Hence the apps I suggest are for the aforementioned devices. Android users may verylikely find the same of equivalent in their Market Place.
Why an iPhone?
The phone serves as my swiss army knife: it was, and still functions as a dumping groundfor ideas wherever I am, from typing notes into a comprehensive todo list, capturingimages on the camera, sketching a picture, or simply recording thoughts from my headwhilst out and about using the microphone. How often did I find myself walking the dog,queuing for the green peppers or sitting in a traffic queue and suddenly be hit by a radicalnew twist for the book! Two seconds later it was recorded as a voice memo on the phonefor later extraction and placement in my todo schedule. They say that any photo is only asgood as the camera you have on you, and the same could be said about the capturing andordering of ideas. It was faithfully always there when I needed it. As a creative input deviceit is obviously limited to the small screen and even smaller touch screen keyboard. But this
 
is balanced by the convenience of always having it with you, the ease of voice notes, barscanning, or document scanning, list making, calendar and event planning, and finallycamera and video use. When it came to the recording theAuthor Video, the phone provedmore than capable in capturing the clips for later editing. I didn't even need a proper videocamera. ( I know, I know, it tells)
iPad
The ipad came in as a rather late arrival, having got the device towards the end of mywriting, and proved a mixed blessing. The nature of the beast is that it tempts you intothinking it can be used for as many things as possible, but realistically (well, as of thismoment in time - Pre iOS4) it cant really cope with such a varied and heavy work load. Soreading, editing and note taking were its main roles as well as some sketching andplanning. Having said that, I'm doing this workflow in Pages for the iPad :-) whilst sitting inmy garden under the shade of a Nispero Tree. And the Luddites say it's just for mediaconsumption! This nifty device really came into it's own though with PDF editing. But you'llhave to wait till the end of this WorkFlow to read about that.
So to start....
Initial Planning
My initial idea was simply to record down the collected thoughts of my many years ofteaching and try to compose them in such a way that they would be accessible and of useto people other than just students of Tai Chi. The lessons of good posture, movement,breathing and learning to smile more at life seemed just as valuable outside the class asinside, so I chose to explain these aspects via stories, check-lists and a series of Questionand Answer sessions that would hopefully portray something of this mystical world in acontemporary way that would wash over the reader - less like a text book and more like acar-wash.I also knew that I wanted to release two versions: an ePub version for use on mobileebook readers and a paperback.

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