I've found a program that helps me write descriptions much more efficiently (without skimping on the detail either). It's called ActiveWords. It's a macro writer and organizer that lets you create short letter/number sequences to substitute text, open programs, and perform a number of other useful tasks.
Here are a few basic shortcuts that I use constantly:
- typing "home" + F8 (my AW activation key) inserts my home address into any text field
- "store" + F8 inserts my office address and a Googlemaps link
- "inv" + F8 inserts my invoice template
- mrw -- Moderate reading-wear
- tan -- Pages lightly age-tanned but clean and supple
- bump -- Light bumping to corners and spine edge
- dust -- Top page edge shows dust discoloration
- pulp -- Attractive, vintage mass market/pocket paperback with colorful [ ] painted cover art. Cover is bright with [ ]. Pages faintly edge tanned, but supple. Binding solid. Cover copy reads:
Setting up ActiveWords is a gradual, evolving process. Whenever you use a phrase repetitively, enter it in ActiveWords. Change it when it isn't useful and review your phrases every once in a while to see what you've forgotten about or don't use anymore.
The program is affordable and you can purchase additional discounted licenses for your laptop or employee machines. There's a 60-Day free trial available here. There's at least one Mac equivalent to AW and probably a few competing PC utilities but I haven't done a comparison.
Anybody have any other time saving programs for the bookseller? I'd love to hear about them.