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Polishing a Book for Print

While using LaTeX can save you a lot of time by automatically formatting each page, it has its limits. For example, you might end up finishing a section or chapter with one line that ends up alone on a page. This is ugly but it is not something LaTeX can do anything about. The program’s hands are tied because it cannot rewrite the text for you. It will display every line—even if the final line in a chapter is “orphaned.”

The LaTeX Book Template

In a previous article (and the book), we we have covered the main, front, and the back chapter folders of the LaTeX Book Template. You can find the Overleaf template here as a free download. Now we will discuss those folders again in more detail and go through the remaining folders. This will help you to know where the …

Word vs LaTeX

For which books is it better to use a word processor? What are the advantages of writing a complex book in LaTeX vs Word? This is an excerpt from Better Books with LaTeX the Agile Way. Having written seven books on topics including project management and philosophy, I have gained a great deal of respect …

How to Get Early Feedback from Readers

This is an excerpt from Better Books with LaTeX the Agile Way. You can get a copy here. While we have discussed how to include the reader by creating user stories and personas, we have not included actual readers in our publishing process. In this chapter, we will discuss how listening to your audience can help to …

How to Optimize the Work Process

If, during writing, despite all that preparation, you still end up missing some information—a transition, a reference, a table, a diagram, or a photo—and if you do not have the resource available right away, just insert a placeholder and add a reminder.

The Rules of Your Book

In fiction works, after creating your world and characters, it is time to put them into a specific situation and think about how they would act. This ensures that they will come to life and that they really are the actors of your story—and do not seem like they are hanging from the strings of a puppeteer.

How to Organize Your Ideas

If you are writing a non-fiction book, the next steps are straightforward. What the reader wants to read and what you will provide with user stories is very much aligned. A reader has a specific problem, need, or interest, and you are trying to solve it by providing instructions or information.