‘I Want to Write a Book …then Be Published!’

Article Title: ‘I Want to Write a Book and Be Published!’… but HOW (Lesson 13 from Creative Writing and Book Publishing Course)???
   Author: Bill Rosoman
Shared (with permission) by: Craig Lock
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(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)


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“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
(extracted from Online Creative Writing Course)

This short extract is a lesson from my and Craig’s book ‘How to Write a Book and Get Published’. We hope that these pointers may be helpful to aspiring* or perhaps other “non-techno” authors, like my friend, Craig.

* What’s the definition of an aspiring author?
A waiter!

(to roars of laughter from family and friends)

Me write a book! What!!! A “pipedream” or possible…perhaps?

A introductory words…

Writing a book may seem extremely daunting …and perhaps even impossible to you, as I felt when I started out writing (like flying to the moon); but if you believe you have some writing talent just DO IT. As with eating an elephant (“hephelump”), break it into “small chunks”. No only joking! Please treat all animals with great care. My point simply:
The key is taking that FIRST STEP in writing that first sentence…then one just gets involved in your “work of art”, as writing becomes a daily habit. One word
simply flows into the next…then one chapter just leads on to the next one.

Creative Writing and Book Publishing Course

Welcome to this lesson from the Creative Writing and Book Publishing Course.

We hope you are enjoying the course and going down the path you wish to travel.

Table of Contents
Lesson 13

In this lesson we’ll look at the following areas:

* Obtaining a ISBN number

* Creating a Book Cover

* Creating PDF or DOC

* Uploading files to the Internet


* Lesson Conclusion


Here are a few pointers/tips…

Obtain an ISBN number

Now your book is taking shape we need to sharpen our pencil and get organized, so we can get the book published and up and out there!

So the first thing we have to do is get an ISBN number.

An ISBN number is the book’s unique international number, which bookstores need to have to sell. You can not publish a book without one effectively!

In New Zealand ISBN numbers are controlled by the NZ National Library and can be obtained from


Email ISBN@natlib.govt.nz

Overseas there are places like




It is simply a matter of filling in an online form of the Book title, author etc and within a few minutes you have an ISBN number.

I create a text file with information about the book;

ISBN Book Catalogue

Main Title: Kubuntu Linux Users Handbook

Personal Author: Rosoman Bill; 1948 –

Imprint: Hamilton New Zealand: Self, 2008

Collation: 60p: 18.91cm 24.59cm

Abstract: A Handbook for Using The Kubuntu Linux Operating System.

Kubuntu is a cousin to Ubuntu and is based on Debian Linux.

It is a great OS and is all free.

A great little Kubuntu Howto!

This book is applicable to Kubuntu in particular,

Ubuntu, Debian based Linux and Linux in general.

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-473-13898-1

Subject: Linux, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Operating System, Free Software, Open Source Software, Operating Manual, Virus Free, Users Handbook, Manual, Handbook

Format: Book, EBook


Linux, Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Operating System, Free Software, Open Source Software, Operating Manual, Virus Free, Users Handbook, Manual, Handbook

publisher’s address and contact details

Bill Rosoman

PO Box 4155

Hamilton East 3247

contact person, telephone number and address if different from the publisher’s address

Bill Rosoman

Telephone 021-233-5427


date of publication


It should also be remembered that you have to send two copies of your Book to the Legal Deposit Office. Well at least here in New Zealand that is what you have to do.

Create Cover

When you upload the book to www.lulu.com

you can just select the Front Cover they provide, or you can create your own.

To create your own you can use Gimp Image Creator/Manipulator or similar.

Open The Gimp.

Create a new image and make the size 1838x2775mm for a novel size book. You will need to unlink the Image Size, Width and Height Link.

Now you can add Text and maybe a Graphic or Picture. I have been doing the initial work in Open Office Draw, then exporting as a jpg graphic and resizing and finishing in The Gimp.

You need to have this graphic available and the correct size when you upload the book.

Create PDF or DOC

Now you have completed the document you need to convert it to a PDF file.

I have found a PDF gives you the easiest and best results when uploading your Book.

You can use a Word (DOC) Format, but PDF is better.

In Open Office Click on Create PDF Button on Toolbar.

Save the PDF file then open it and check the result for page breaks and layout etc.

I have included links to online file conversion sites in lesson 15 and there are several Windows programs for converting to a PDF file.

If you have trouble making a PDF file, especially if it complains about embedding fonts, go back to your document and make sure you only have the New Times Roman font. Then try again. This is the only problem I had in making a PDF file.

When your finally document is ready, check it for the layout and go back and make any corrections needed.

Upload to Internet




Lulu is what they call Print On Demand. In other words if there is a demand they print a copy. So there is no cost unless you order or sell some copies.

There are other websites that do similar things, but Lulu works for me.

Just go to

www.lulu.com and sign up as a member. Login and then go to My Lulu and Publish a Book. It is matter of following the instructions, upload the Book and bobs your aunty!(Craig’s comment: Not so simple as it sounds for “total non-techno“, like me, so I leave to Bill’s expertise and let him do it- far far easier and less frustration…Grrrr!)

New Project

Paper back

Book Title

Choose Project Options

Browse to the document (pdf file)

Upload file

Upload front page

Set Pricing

Publish Project

Lesson Conclusion

Phew! now we are getting there!

More information is available at sites like





Best of luck and we will see you on the next lesson.So as the Nike ad says,

Just DO IT

Then hopefully one day I’ll see your name in print or on the www.


Good luck* and happy writing

Bill and Craig

Creative Writing Tutor

Craig Lock of Eagle Productions, a writer, author and educator

Email: clock@slingshot.co.nz

Publishing Tutor

Bill Rosoman of Nugrow Technologies, a Computer IT Specialist and Writer

Web Sites:







Email: leftfieldnz@gmail.com 

* Wasn’t that once defined as where ‘preparedness meets opportunity’

As the ancient Chinese proverb said so wisely…
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with …
a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.”

Let us help you publish your book for an unbelievably low fee! Click on http://www.creativekiwis.com

Our book on ‘How to Write a Book and Get Published’ is available at the above web site.

Enjoy some of craig’s favourite quotes…

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
– Colette

“He who cherises a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.
Dream lofty
dreams and as you dream so shall you become.”
– James Allen

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your
ultimate accomplishments.”
– Napoleon Hill

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Together, one mind at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow. ”
– Langston Hughes


About craig lock

ABOUT c the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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