Better Books with LaTeX and Agile

How the world of publishing is not always sunshine and rainbows; but with the right tools and support, you can build a unicorn.

Are you a first-time author with a complete manuscript that you are ready to publish? It’s not enough to just “have a friend look it over”—unless your friend has already published a book of his or her own. You need advice for final polishing, the front and back covers, and marketing. You may even want to work with an editor, but don’t know where to begin.

Or do you write novels in Word but now want to write a professional non-fiction book? Are you looking for a better way to choose the subject of your next book? Do you want to improve the way you work with your editor?

Perhaps you are a professional editor seeking to expand your services from merely editing Word files to helping releasing books online. Are you also looking for better project management techniques to guide your clients along the way? Are you spending a lot of time indexing or managing bibliographical references?

You may already be a LaTeX expert who wants to publish your work as an ebook. Are you planning a series and need to reuse text blocks? Are you looking for ways to share your work and collaborate with others? Are you looking for support to help you with diagrams and graphics?

Or are you already a professional self-publisher who is looking for ideas to improve your existing documents and processes, especially by connecting to your readers before a book launch?

Do you plan to establish yourself as an expert in your profession by complementing your portfolio with a professional book?

Besides providing you with a ready-to-use template to generate your first book, Better Books with LaTeX and Agile can teach you:

  • The basics of LaTeX to get you started to make small adjustments to the template.
  • Advantages of using LaTeX instead of Word.
  • How working with an editor can save you time and money.
  • Special requirements for final polishing (images, blank spaces, page breaks, etc.) to make a professional looking book / ebook.
  • The legalities of writing a book (ISBN, publisher page, copyright, etc.) and what is required in the book.
  • Which images you are allowed to use in a book.
  • Methods to organize your ideas and not get lost into details so that you can write a comprehensive but to-the-point book.
  • What working with a professional editor or writing coach is like.

And how to:

  • convert a LaTeX document into a Kindle ebook in order to sell it on Amazon.
  • structure your book (foreword, preface, publisher information, TOC, glossary, …) within a LaTeX project.
  • better manage bibliographical references in order to save time and reduce mistakes.
  • better manage indexes in order to save time during index creation and after page changes.
  • reuse glossary items and other text blocks to save time when writing a series.
  • create a book cover, add LaTeX graphics, and how a designer can help you create an appealing and selling book.
  • properly cite in order to respect the work of others.
  • do market research for books and how to incorporate your findings into the writing process in order to sell more books.
  • determine the potential sales of your book in order to better plan your expenses (and manage your own expectations).
  • incorporate your book into your professional career and benefit from it beyond book sales.
  • create a network of readers, stay in contact with them, and increase future sales.
  • collaborate easily with other authors and get early feedback.
  • get early feedback for your book from your potential readers.
  • work more efficiently with your editor to speed up the writing and editing processes.

You can get a copy at Amazon or Leanpub.