Salt Marsh Cottage Books
P. O. Box 2511, Bluffton, SC 29910
recipients that use an older version of Word will not be able to read your documents.
There is a fix that your recipients can download from Microsoft, but you can make
things easier for them by saving the document in a format that their word processor will
accept. Many literary contests and publishers will not accept docx files, nor will some
of the software that converts from Word to the format used for Kindle.
It’s simple, really. You just need to save your file in a format that others can read. You
can do this using the following steps:
1. Create and edit your manuscript
2. In your command line, at the very top of your screen, click on “File”
3. Click on “Save As”
4. At the very bottom of the “Save As” block, click on any Word option that has *.
doc in parentheses—NOT .docx
5. If you can’t decide which Word option to choose, you can also click on “Rich
text (*.rtf)” or “Plain text (*.txt)”— any word processor can read these
6. Type in the file name in the line above “Save as type” just like you normally would
7. Click on the “Save” button
This should create a Word file in a format that any will work for older versions of Word.
Saving DOCX files to DOC, RTF, and TXT
The Island Writers' Network of Hilton Head Island meets
first Mondays--September through May, except
December--at the Heritage Library, which is located on
the second floor of the former Savannah Bank Building,
852 William Hilton Parkway. The bank building is on the
right side of the south-bound lanes of Highway 278, just
past Ronnie's Bakery and the Red Roof Inn. Meetings are
at 7:00 pm. RSVPs are not required, but check the IWN
website, www.iwn-hhi.org, to confirm that meeting dates
have not changed.
The IWN also hosts Open Mike third Thursdays of each
month, also at the Heritage Library at 7:00 p.m.
Useful Links for Lowcountry Writers:
Don't like Office 2007--or just don't want to pay for it? Try OpenOffice, available for
download at www.OpenOffice.org. This suite inlcudes spreadsheet, presentation,
database, and word processor software. It will even create .pdf files--and it's free!
Appropriate formatting of a Word ms prior to uploading for Kindle is critical for a readable
e-Reader product. Local author CJ Lyons has prepared an excellent video, which explains
many of the formatting issues.