My favorite layout tool is Keynote – the presentation graphics app included in Apple’s iWork office suite. It gives me the flexibility to build publications that are part story and part scrapbook – my favorite format. Although it doesn’t handle the linked text boxes that flow from one page to another like Pages (iWork’s word processing component), it does make it easy to place and arrange photos and other graphical elements. And, since my style tends more to collections of short stories rather than a “normal” book format, it suits me well.
I’ve just published the first installment of Behind the Alligator Farm via Scribd. You’ll see it there and over at Moultrie Journal. Like most family histories, this is a work in progress. As new stories are completed, a new version will be posted at Scribd.