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grecy · 2018-08-01 · Original thread
> Has anyone just farted around self published books or fanfic a bit?

I just published my first print book [1] with Amazon CreateSpace.

I learned a heck of a lot technically - I wrote it in LaTeX for ultimate formatting control, then ran it through PanDoc and a bunch of my own scripts to massage the epub how I wanted.

CreateSpace make it extremely simple, in all honesty anyone that has used facebook has enough computer skill to publish their own book.

I also learned a massive amount about writing, editing and so forth. Each new draft I kept saying it was "almost done", then would spend months re-writing entire chapters and paragraphs. Along the journey I read many fantastic books about how to write, and how to make my stories more engaging.

It was an extremely rewarding process. The first time you get a draft copy in your own hands is fantastic - it's staggering and the only thing you can say is "holy sh, it's a real book!" Haha.

I'm already working on my next books, and I plan to write for the rest of my life.

[1] The Road Chose Me Volume 1: Two years and 40,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina -

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