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My guest today is Rachel Hobbs, author of the Stones of Power series of dark fantasy novels. Rachel is no newcomer to Scrivener, nor to this blog - she was my guest in 2016. Time has moved on and Rachel's first book of her series, Shadow Stained has just been published and is now available on Amazon. Welcome back, Rachel! How do you feel about Scrivener? Since discovering Scrivener, I’ve never looked back. I...

ProWritingAid: your VA editor In my previous post on the reports available in ProWritingAid, I only touched on the Core group: Realtime, Summary, Style, Grammar, Thesaurus, Overused and Combo.But there is so much more! In this post, you will find yet more useful reports, each one helping you to create a clean and well-written manuscript, ahead of sending material to your editor. The Repeats group The two reports in the Repeats group might...

My guest today is Denise Brixey, author of the Harry the Wonder Cat series of cosy mysteries. Denise has been a member of my RedPen Mentoring team of writers for several years. I've encouraged her throughout her publishing journey and I'm delighted to announce that her second book The Jamaican Mission is available for preorder now and is being published TOMORROW on Tuesday, 21 April. I'm also delighted that Denise decided to...

VA = virtual assistant ProWritingAid is a grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package. Before showing your WIP to another human, and asking for feedback, run the text through ProWritingAid first. That way, your manuscript will be as clean as possible, and your human reviewers can focus on its effect on them, from the reader's perspective, without being distracted by any typos. If you have reached the stage of employing...

A TrackChanges view of your editing  While editors learn how to use Scrivener to provide editing services for their author clients, and authors become used to receiving feedback in Scrivener, I'm sure there will always be a need for a TrackChanges view of what editing has been done, and by whom. Word is not the only software with this facility. Scrivener's snapshot feature provides the same insight into progress made to date. How...

Revision mode is Scrivener's TrackChanges Editors who are Scrivener lovers but using Word and the TrackChanges facility to provide feedback to their clients should be delighted to discover Scrivener's Revision Mode. Together with Annotations, it replicates the functionality of TrackChanges. Authors keen to self-publish will also be delighted if/when editors provide editorial services in Scrivener, instead of the current 'industry standard' Word. This post explains the process for the editor and, then, how...

Every editor has their own way of working I'm sharing how I work, wearing my 'developmental editor's hat', with authors who plan to self-publish, many of whom are new to the publishing process. I use Scrivener for all my writing and, if that's what the authors in my RedPen Mentoring group choose as their writing environment, I provide editing services for them in Scrivener. I'm hoping some editors will consider providing the same...

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 ...