The Mad Author
Jean Tennant


Posted Friday, April 8, 2011, at 7:59 AM
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  • I know this is off topic, but I'm working on a book and I've heard it's so much harder to get published now traditially because of the kindle. now I wonder if there's any point to working so hard to finish my book.Is kindle going to change the way books are published?(I use Open Office and I like it a lot)

    -- Posted by DHarris on Sat, Apr 9, 2011, at 10:34 AM
  • It is, undoubtedly, much more difficult for the hard-working author to get published by traditional publishing houses than it was a couple of decades ago. But don't blame the Kindle. (I have one, and I love it)

    The culprit most likely is the rising cost of producing, printing and mailing of books. Publishers have become more conservative in their purchases, and more inclined to put their buying and marketing budgets behind their big-name authors.

    But don't give up! The world needs its artists. And you need that creative outlet as well. If you didn't, you wouldn't be working on a book and reading this blog.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 1:36 PM
  • My goodness! finally found out what Rich Text Format is! And how to use it! Waalaa!

    -- Posted by Firstogo on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 9:48 PM
  • I have open office, and would like to know why I can't send e-mail from there.

    -- Posted by rjochims on Mon, Apr 11, 2011, at 10:25 PM
  • Say, did you know that Microsoft has actually addressed the issue of not being able to open a 2010 Word document in an older version of the program?

    There is a compatibility pack that will allow Word 2003 and Office XP to open Word 2010 documents.

    Just another option for those who like the previous landscape of the programs. I don't blame you a bit!

    -- Posted by Chunky_Monkey on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 12:04 PM
  • Yay! THANK YOU, Chunky_Monkey, I'm always happy to learn something new, especially about a program I use so often.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 9:01 PM
  • RJochims, are you trying to email your document in Open Office directly from the open document? That's the only problem I can think of, that Open Office doesn't have that capability.

    You should be able to open your email account first, then ATTACH your document and send it that way. I've send many Open Office documents through my email account with no trouble.

    Good luck!

    -- Posted by JTennant on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 9:11 PM
  • I have always used OpenOffice and you can now set it up to open DocX and the newer PowerPoint and Excel documents on the first try. Incidentally, we also use GIMP in place of Photoshop and Inkscape in place of Illustrator -- but I have a budding digital artist or two in my house.

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Thu, Apr 14, 2011, at 6:26 AM
  • That's good to know, Amy. I use Open Office occasionally when I'm at a relative's house, and we haven't been able to open .DocX documents with it. She probably needs to download a newer version and I'm going to get right on that.

    Thank you!

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, Apr 14, 2011, at 8:19 AM
  • I get a few emails from people who prefer not to go online with their questions and comments. Lately I've been asked by several of them why I didn't end the last couple of blogs with a quote, as I had my earlier posts.

    They missed the quotes, said they had enjoyed them, so I'm going to make an effort from here on out to include a quote at the end of each blog.

    Thank you for letting me know what you like and dislike about this blog.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, Apr 14, 2011, at 8:25 AM
  • Jean this Blog answers so many questions for me. I've had problems sending out my stories as an attachment.

    With a hard copy of the "how to" I will attempt to send more stories using the computer.

    -- Posted by wordgardener on Wed, Apr 20, 2011, at 1:10 AM
  • Jean, I hesitated for quite a long time before I finally upgraded to the latest version of Office. Money was obviously my concern, but -- believe it or not -- it was well worth it. I know it seems confusing at first, but after you start using it extensively for your work, you'll notice that it is in many ways user-friendly and easy to use. I, for one, have found its extended formatting options quite useful, and now my written work (I am a college student and have to do a lot of writing) looks more professional and neat.

    And no more worries about file formats: you can open both .doc and .docx, and if you need to save your file in the old .doc format, you can simply select an appropriate option when saving it. Do give it a second shot: you can easily get it from http://buyoffice.microsoft.com/usa - 60 days free trial still available.

    -- Posted by pete.sgg on Tue, Sep 27, 2011, at 4:41 AM
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