I'm looking for some advice from readers who have experience with simple, easy-to-use desktop publishing programs -- and when I say "simple, easy-to-use," I mean "simple, easy-to-use" for technological incompetents such as myself. The truth is that I have a large number of projects that I really want to get off my plate and out there for others to enjoy, but, to do that, I need to get them laid out in a format suitable for PDF and/or POD printing.
Now, I know many people would offer to lay these things out for me and I appreciate these offers. However, since these projects aren't likely to generate much income (assuming they're even sold rather than just given away), I really feel I ought to lay them out myself. Likewise, there's the fact that, when dealing with volunteers, one can hardly complain about either a lack of follow-through or tardiness in completion, two problems that have plagued past efforts on my various projects. Finally, I like to tweak and to tinker layouts, so I feel it'd be less of a headache for all concerned if I did all the work.
So, with that preamble, what do people recommend? Obviously, I can use programs like word processors and blogging software. I can even manipulate images to a limited extent. Beyond that, I am hopeless. What I want is something that lets me straightforwardly produce pages that might contain a few images, tables, and charts but would otherwise be mostly filled with text. I don't need the pages to be especially clever in their design, though I'd be glad if the program gave me some options for prettifying them as needed. I'm not adverse to paying for the program if necessary, but I'd never turn up my nose at a free program if it otherwise meets my criteria above.
Thanks in advance.