Regular visitor and commenter Elizabeth Ann West has found the Holy Grail:
I finished my final round of edits and began working on formatting. GRR! UGH! SERIOUSLY??????? and a number of expletives left my mouth early on…until I found Jutoh. I originally was looking for something free, but this program is worth 40 pounds of gold, not just $40. I only paid $24 in a combination deal to purchase Writer’s Cafe as well, but that’s a separate blog post.
How easy is Jutoh? This easy.
Download OpenOffice.org if you don’t already have it. Write your story. Pick one style for your chapter headings. Pick another for your ebook text (set your paragraph indent with the style, DO NOT USE TABS). Save as .odt [you can have more styles, I have 4 in my book total and it preserved them all!!!]
Open Jutoh. It works on Windows, Mac, and Linux (YAY!). Start a new project. Fill in your metadata (be prepared for this, this helps Amazon and the other sites catalog and show your book for other readers). Select the .odt file you made with everything in it. Select the file you want to be your cover. Tell it to autogenerate your Table of Contents. Click compile. Wait a minute or two. Run the check, then go to FILE:Export and pick the format you want.
TA DA!!!! You now have access to your book is every format you need. Including .epub, .mobi, the file for Smashwords, and other formats I don’t even know where they sell.
Link to the rest at E.A. West Writing
Passive Guy isn’t sure he’s ready to give up Word for composition (although he’s sworn at this software program more than all other programs combined). However, he recently used Open Office to clean up a Word manuscript jammed full of psycho styles. (No, none of the regular solutions worked. These were styles from hell and there were dozens and dozens of them.)
PG hasn’t tried Jutoh, but he’ll have a chance to do so with one of Mrs. PG’s backlist books soon. If it works as well as Elizabeth reports, it might even tempt him back to Smashwords and its powerful automated error message generation engine.