Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Today I am writing about MS Word Document Properties Tool.
When I first began publishing my own books I would try to convert my new book using Calibre. But when I did my new book would be reflected as having the metadata of a previous book. I’d go through my new book trying to look for anything that was wrong, such as title, author, etc. And I could never find out what it was.
Then one day sometime after installing Word 2007 I accidentally discovered “Properties” under the tab “Prepare.” (In later versions it is under “File” and “info”) I was curious as to what “Prepare” involved. I saw “Properties” and clicked on that and there it was!
There What Was?
There was the answer to my problem with metadata. When I clicked on “Properties” a ribbon appeared across the top of my document. That ribbon contained the following:
Author – Author of the Book
Title – Title of the Book
Subject – What the Book is about
Keywords – Keywords or phrases you want associated with the Book
Category – Same as Genre
Status – I don’t use this. But it appears to be like “draft,” “Final,” etc.
This ribbon or metadata follows the book. It is used to identify the book not only on the internet but elsewhere as well.
How Do I Use It?
What I do when writing a new book is I copy a previous book, strip the story contents, change the ISBN, Title page, other front matter and back matter as needed, and change the book’s properties. By doing this I ensure the metadata that I want to keep is transferred and the metadata I want to change is updated. It simplifies everything!
Metadata is important. It is what you see when you search for a book. So you, the author, want to make sure it is accurate. It is one more tool that you can use to upgrade the quality of your books.
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.