The Libra book is probably sufficiently revised to get out to the early readers, so they can rip it to shreds! So now I have to prepare the print layout. Just having the occasional flashback to all the LibreOffice tricks I had blanked out of my memory from last time.
Pick a version. LibreOffice’s text layout has changed very slightly between versions — my 2017 layout file for Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain is no longer laid out quite correctly. This is a word processor, not a page layout program. So pick a version and stick to it — I’m doing the layout on the netbook in LibreOffice 6.4.
Putting a heading on the endnotes: Drop the whole book text into a section, Right click, go to Edit Section, click on Options, go to Footnotes/Endnotes, tick “Collect at end of section.” Fiddle with page breaks and so on until the layout behaves.
Indexing: The help pages are not clear. So this is what you do:
- For a single entry that doesn’t have subtopics: just put the text for the index entry in “Entry”.
- For an entry that has a subtopic: put the index entry in “1st key” and the subtopic in “Entry”.
- The program will helpfully autofill in fields you probably don’t want it to — always check!
The shortcut key in Word to add an index entry is Shift-Alt-X. This isn’t configured by default in LibreOffice, but it’s easy enough to configure if you can work out the dialogue box under Tools→Customise.
If you’ve done your chapter headings properly (as style “Heading 1”) and want your Index listed in the Table of Contents, then right-click on your index, go to Edit Index, go to Styles, select Title on the left and Heading 1 on the right, and click the “<“. Right-click on your Table of Contents to update it, and the Index should be listed correctly.
Indexing a book is tedious as hell and takes forever. There probably isn’t a cure for this.
At least I don’t have any images in this one. (Yet.)
The book’s on track for Monday 2 November — still waiting on final artwork. Everything else is progressing well.
I’ve sent another copy of the draft text to Libra and Novi, in a good faith effort to resolve any serious content problems before publication and not after. If you’re at Libra or Novi, please pass word to whoever monitors the press emails. Cheers!
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