Writing a book that will be self-published at the end of the summer. I have questions about writing, layout, self-publishing and more.
I raised enough money in order to study, learn and write a book this summer. See more: Autodidactism 2010
. [note: raised is past tense. I am not trying to raise more money, or hawk my project.]
The summer is here, and I've started writing. I want to write and draft my essays mostly on paper, as my computer is far too distracting. However, I have some questions about the process after that. Please forgive the multi-faceted aspect to this question.
1) I am thinking about planning / outlining / editing in Scrivener. I downloaded its trial and it looks excellent. However, it is not a layout program. What should I use for layout, in terms of self-publishing? How should I export what I do in Scrivener to this program? I have no idea how to design a book, and obviously I am alone on this since I'm self-publishing this. It should be about 100 pages, mostly black and white text (except for a color cover, maybe one or two diagrams / images which can be black and white). I also want to make the book available as an ebook. How do I use Lulu's templates
? Also, any advice you have in general about using Lulu / making the process go smoothly would be greatly appreciated.
2) I want to have a wiki, where registered users can edit (with required modification comments) and anonymous users can comment on drafts. I have a domain / hosting space, so that's not a problem. Is MediaWiki the best solution, or Google Docs, or something else? I don't want to write or edit in the wiki, but I do want to make community editing possible while still having it be easy for me to merge community changes with local drafts / iterations.
Finally, any recommendations as to what I should do this summer are welcome, although unnecessary. Thanks in advance for all your help.