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My guest today is writer, blogger, owner-of-five-dogs Sara Martin, who lives a short drive away from me in Devon, UK. I first met Sara when she attended one of my workshop weekends at the Cottage Hotel in Hope Cove. She soon joined the Wednesday Writers, a monthly artist's date, also at the Cottage Hotel, hosted by myself and writing co-conspirator, Christine Cooke. Then, with three other local writers, Sara spent a year...

Editors are key to the publishing process Nowadays, many writers use Scrivener to produce their first draft. Many writers also choose to self-publish. Editors, for decades have used Word, and its Track Changes option, to communicate changes to be made by the author. We move on though and I hope editors will embrace Scrivener as a tool which enables them to serve this emerging self-publishing market. In the previous post, I listed what...

Choose an editor who uses Scrivener If you plan to self-publish, deciding to use Scrivener is step one: software that will take you from blank page to published book. Well done! Once you've self-edited your first draft, the next step is to set up your editing team, publishing professionals who also use Scrivener ...

Today's guest is Jerry Nelson - a content provider, freelance writer and published author. Jerry hails from Washington, DC and has travelled to, and worked in, 155 countries. As an American freelance writer, he now lives the expat life in Buenos Aires, Argentina with his wife Alejandra, their cat Tommy and a half-crazed street rescue dog, Revi. Like many of my guests, we've not met face to face (yet). Instead, our paths...

Links are also known as hyperlinks Scrivener links are available as internal links (to another place in your book) or external links (to a website). NB there are other options, but this post is 'keeping it simple'. Internal links Internal links allow the reader to leap from one place in your book to another, and only make sense if you are producing an eBook or outputting to PDF or Kindle. If your end product...

All in one place: novel plus research notes Using Scrivener, everything is in one place. One project holds all that you need: Your manuscript Character sketches Setting sketches Research materials In this blog post, I'm focusing on the Research folder and how I use it. The Research folder The Research folder is perfect for storing information I'll need while writing my novel. I start collecting as soon as a new idea for a novel...