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Here is a resend of a reply that seemed not to get to the system, so I have been told.

On 07/08/2013 06:32 PM, Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:
On 07/08/2013 05:51 PM, Mirosław Zalewski wrote:
On 08/07/2013 at 22:58, "Virgil Arrington"<>  wrote:

but to
me trying to write a book with LO Writer is like trying to force a square
peg into a round hole. Yes, it can be done, but the labor involved may not
be worth it.
I think you merge two totally different ideas: writing a book and publishing a

As for writing, Writer and LaTeX are pretty much comparable - they both sucks.
They do not provide basic tools needed for writers, such as character
descriptions (were her eyes blue or green?) or detailed outline of story (this
is different than outline of chapters). Of course you can overcome it with nice
note-taking app, custom wiki or organized papers, but in some other programs
you do not have to.

As for publishing (making it look beautiful), LaTeX classes and forced
separation of structure and look usually provides better defaults than Writer.

But then, we talk about defaults. It's not like you can't change them.
If you learn your tools and think in advance, create decent-looking long
document in Writer can be done with little hassle.

I have created and edited some long (100+ pages) documents in Writer and never
seen anything in LaTeX that would be a dealbreaker for me. If anywhere, I
would go to full-fledged DTP suite such as Adobe InDesign.

I know of at least one very successful author that uses LO on an Linux PC to write all of his books. Piers Anthony. He is getting into the late 70's but he went from StarOffice to, to finally LibreOffice.

When he move to OOo, he was writing 3 to 5 books a year. With age and his wife's health issues, he does not have as much time to write. So I see maybe 2 or more books [paperback novels] a year now, plus the odd novella as well.

For all of the work he does, he makes good use of macros. That was one of the big issues with his previous packages till he got to OOo.

SO for writing books with LO, it can be done and be profitable for a author.

As for publishing books, well it all depends on what you want in the book. If you have to do a lot of graphics and images withing the pages, with complex text flow formatting like in some text books, then maybe LO might not be the best idea for the final layout work of such a book. A FULL desktop publishing package with all of the bells-and-whistles would do the job easier. But for writing books for reading entertainment, and not for educational text books, LO would work well for most needs.

Of course, if you need to look into self-publishing, then Piers Anthony's official web site has a lot of references in that department. [ ] He wanted to have some good reference material for writers to have an easier time than he did when starting out.

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