I have been wanting to start making some of the short stories I write sometimes into books. While going through the app store, I found iBooks Author but there are many unlabeled buttons and the interface is very strange, along with the fact that it doesn't read out as you're typing.
I've never used any files other than what was sent to me or basic text formats, but if I were to sell my books on iBooks, Google Play, and/or Kindle, it would be easiest to just have one copy of the book, an .epub file.
I know basically nothing about the file type, but it's the easiest way to publish on multiple sites.
So, as the subject says, what's the best way to go about creating them, from scratch, for an author using the Mac? I don't know if it would be best to pre-write and convert, but then I worry about it not formatting correctly and being uneducable, or something like that.
I really appreciate any help any of you can give me.