When I wrote Green Comet I would write out a chapter by hand, and then transcribe it with LibreOffice Writer, the free word processor. Not being very deeply knowledgable about word processors, I did all the formatting by eye and hand, rather than applying styles and other handy shortcuts. I ended up with something that looked okay and I was quite pleased with myself.When it was time to publish the story, I followed the same path. Since LibreOffice can export directly to PDF, that was straightforward. A little trial-and-error resulted in what I thought was a presentable file. The same was not true for ePub. There was no button to export to ePub, so I had to find another way. Luckily, I discovered a plugin for LibreOffice called Writer2ePub, which would do the trick.
Once again by trial-and-error, hacking and whacking, doing it over and over, I eventually got something that I thought looked good enough. I was good to go.
It was quite a shock to be told by people who know what they’re talking about that, under its presentable facade, Green Comet – ePub showed many signs of my crude bumbling. Fortunately Luca Calcinai, the creator of Writer2ePub, took pity on me and sent me a corrected version of the word processor file which he said would produce a proper ePub when run through his plugin. It did, and that’s what is now available for download.