Hi, I’m Russ Crowley and thanks for coming to my website.
This site was first created in 2005 (before the days of Facebook and other more popular social media sites), and I used it as more of a travel diary/blog while working in diving and on yacht deliveries (I’m a PADI instructor and a qualified Yachtmaster Ocean (with commercial endorsement), and just under 70,000 nm under my fins).
One of my main skills is with Microsoft Word. I began using it in 1994 when I purchased my first 386 pc.
And I will admit, I struggled with it.
I came across a new term recently (or recently at the time of writing) – millenials. I’m not sure of the correct definition of this term, but can you imagine trying to learn complicated software without YouTube, help forums, Lynda.com, Udemy, and all the rest of them? Of course you can, people have been learning since… forever.
But in 1994, there was no ‘external’ help, as such. That it was slow going is an understatement.
Nevertheless, I persevered and got over the basics (but that’s all). Since then I’ve managed to improve my skills and have started to write some help posts to aid those struggling with Word. There are also links to our books – I’ve written and published a few, my wife’s written and [I’ve] published some as well. That’s also another string to my bow, self-publishing.
You could say publishing runs in the family (my father was a printer; he did his apprenticeship back in the 1950s), but I’ve found that with my Microsoft Word knowledge, it aligns quite nicely.
If you want to learn more, the book I published about self-publishing on CreateSpace and Kindle using Word is at the bottom of the page.
In 2015, I combined the Word and self-publishing knowledge and created 1-Click Book Creation. This is a Word app which makes creating, formatting, and publishing books with Microsoft Word easy. While studying for my BA in English, I was asked to do some proofreading and editing work on academic papers (essays, theses, and dissertations). This gave me the idea for 1-Click Thesis (released in 2016). It’s quite easy to see where my main skills lie!
I hope you like the site. I hope you like what you see, and if you think I can assist you in any way, please get in touch (the contact page is the best way initially).
How to Publish Your Book on CreateSpace and Kindle: Easy Publishing with Word 2007, 2010, and 2013, by Russ Crowley.
I will update it soon by adding Microsoft Word 2016, but in terms of what you do in MS Word itself, or on CreateSpace or Kindle, there’s no change.
Click here to check the book out (and look inside).
Many thanks again,