LaTeX Basics

This article will cover the basics of LaTeX so that you can make adjustments to your existing texts, understand the commands in the template, and get a head start for when you want to learn more complex commands on your own.

Filling the Template

A simple way of writing books in LaTeX is using Overleaf and our template. In previous articles, we have walked through the whole “build chain” of creating documents. In this article, we go through each file of the template and give you a “to do” list of items you can work on one by one—from the title to the appendix.

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.

Selecting Personas

When deciding for whom you are writing, come up with representative examples of people who will read your book. Apply names to make it more personal (and easier to remember): Peter, Bob, Mary, etc. and write a short biography and a list of interests each of those personas have that relate to your book.