Today the Dragon Wins

"Today the Dragon Wins" offers information from Fantasy Author and Professional Editor Sandy Lender. You'll also find dragons, wizards, sorcerers, and other fantasy elements necessary for a fabulous story, if you know where to look...

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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Free Formatting Help for Writers
Or...The Dragon suggests free PDF-creation site

My friend Jamieson Wolf turned me on to a different site for creating PDFs, and I like it better than anything else I've tried so far. If you're a starving writer like me, you can't bounce out to the store to buy new software on a whim, so finding freebies is "cool."

Check out to create pdfs of documents you'd like to send via e-mail, etc. Once you get there, you can either download free 30-day trials of the pdf-making software (which will create macros-vs.-Windows XP issues for you, thus I elected not to go that route - you see, The Idiot I was once married to had a free 30-day trial from someone for, oh, a couple years, on his computer that kept that stupid macros pop-up window popping up every time you opened Microsoft Windows - joy) or you can purchase the software outright or you can use the link on the site to create one pdf at a time for free. Because I create pdfs so infrequently, I've opted to merely use the site.

Here's what you do:
Step 1. Go to
Step 2. Click on the orange Convert to PDF for Free>> link on the left-hand side of the page.
Step 3. Browse for your document. (It's as easy as attaching something to an e-mail.)
Step 4. Type in the name you'd like for the finished file.
Step 5. Type in your e-mail address.
Step 6. Hit the submit button. creates the pdf in a few minutes and sends it to your inbox.

A couple tips:
Make sure you add to your accepted mail list.
Make sure you can receive attachments.
Make sure you don't have any "strange" fonts in your original document. (I made that mistake my first time around and had to repeat the pdf-creation process. Please note that the process is so easy that repeating it was a breeze - once I'd replaced the offending font in my original document.)

"Some days, I just want the dragon to win."
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