What an Author needs to know about LaTeX

This post is for authors who choose a publisher who likes to use LaTeX for layout, and want to make changes to the marked up source directly.  It is quite easy to edit LaTeX files, as long as you just know a few things to avoid.  Here is the minimum you need to know to be effective at editing the content. Continue reading

Adding Unicode Characters to LaTeX documents

While typesetting a travel diary, I wanted to include place names in their local language using their local script.  The book is written entirely in English, and have only a standard text editor, without any exotic script support.  I can look up the local name of the city online, but cutting and pasting can be a challenge, here is how to do it. Continue reading

LaTeX: What I wish I had known, Part 1

I do a lot of writing, and I switched recently from a variety of word processors etc. to LaTeX. It is free, well supported, and does a great job of typesetting books. But for a normal business user with a normal experience in WYSIWYG word processors there are some big surprises. Here is what I wish I knew before starting that journey. Continue reading