Never type out the title of your book. Here’s why…


A short blog about something I stumbled on last year that has saved me a ton of time writing in Word on my computer.

This may be “new news” to 5% of you reading it, but I was in that 5% for a decade or more while I presume all of my friends knew the secret and were blithely doing it without saying a word! So here it is for the unknowing…

A couple of years back I published a book with the alarmingly long title of How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days. That’s a fingerful when you are typing press releases or dropping it into correspondence, and yes I could do it once (including the link), copy it, and paste it in every time it was needed—that day.

Then I found Auto Correct listed in Word’s Tools. Seems that if you misspell a word it has a long list of the most misspelled words, and it automatically corrects them in your text. So I created a new box in the Auto Correct list and put “aapp” (no quote signs) in the first column and wrote out How to Get Your Book Published Free in Minutes and Marketed Worldwide in Days
in the second. Then every time I want the second column I type the letters in the first. (We call the book AP in the office for Ancillary Publishing, thus “aapp.”)

Incidentally, if I want to include the link to that book’s landing page ( I just type in “mybook” and up it pops.

This was so brilliant that when we just released Pat Anderson’s The Kid in Purple Pants: Structured Approaches to Educating Underprivileged Students we simply put “ppp” in the conversion chart and voilá, I get two pounds of the full title for three secret code letters.

You can take it from here. But there is one shortcoming with the system. If I want to explain the code to you (aapp) I must type in another letter, like aaopp, or the book title comes up instead. But if I go back and delete the o, it reads aapp.

That means you can’t use letters that you might normally type in the text. If you use “let” to indicate some wholly, lumbering title, that title will appear many confusing times in your copy when you really want “let.” If you don’t know the codes or system (or a wag inserts a few surprises in the Auto Correct chart) you are going to be haplessly bewildered rather than being typing-fingerly delighted!

Best wishes,

Gordon Burgett

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