The times that I have done this, it has been a two person operation. One person under the TC looking though the hole for the plug. The other person slowly turning the engine clockwise (when looking at the front of the engine) with a socket on the bolt on the front of the crankshaft. To make it easier, take out the spark plugs to keep the compression stroke from working against you.
The person under the TC yells at the other person when the plug is lined up with the hole.
This has been my experience.
A book sale at the library? Why even bother? Why would I want to buy a book, when I didn't want it for free?