I’m sure most people have heard of Scrivener by now, but if you haven’t… it’s probably the best writer’s tool out there. [Related post: Moving from Word to Scrivener.] You can organise all kinds of things in Scrivener “projects” – from a novel (or a whole series of novels) to research or career planning.
My Scrivener Indie Career Planning project contains tips, advice, checklists, examples and step-by-step guidelines on how to do a whole range of things connected with being an author-entrepreneur.
…of good book descriptions, author websites, interesting author blog posts, book covers and emails.
…connect with readers via a structured series of emails; upload a book to Kindle; upload a book to Kobo; come up with ideas for blog posts or Facebook posts.
…ISBN providers; book promotion people; book bloggers; good Indie author blogs; podcasts; reviewers etc. etc/
Plans and Deadlines
…Overall plan for a book series; yearly plan (with milestones and deadlines); monthly plan.
… ideas for new characters; future books in a series; ideas for a new series or Kindle Short Read.
… motivational posts/stories about other writers – what they did and how they did it.
Receipts, Codes and Passwords
… copies of receipts for purchases; unlock codes; usernames and passwords etc.
Tip: I keep this Scrivener project updated and I keep a copy in Dropbox. I recommend you save a copy of this sort of thing to Cloud storage of some kind, so you won’t lose it if your computer dies.
A Quick Example
Here’s how I imported a recent ‘how to’ product for authors into my Scrivener business project so I could incorporate it into my planning.
The Product: The Reader Connection Yearbook.
This is an example of something I bought to save me time and brainpower. I want to spend most of my time working on my novel, not trying to think of what to put in a blog post or on my author page.
- I created a new folder in my Scrivener business project and called it (what else) “Reader Connection Yearbook”.
- I created five documents for this folder and labelled them “How to Use”, “Month by Month”, “Topics by Theme”; “Seasonal Themes” and “All Topics – Random”. These reflected the different sections in the Yearbook.
- I then copied the content of the PDF into the relevant documents.
Now it’s in a format that I can use.
My next step: I already have another folder called “[Author Pseudonym] Blog Posts”. In that folder, I have one page for each blog post I make: I write the blog post in Scrivener first, and then copy and paste it into my blog.
All I have to do now is select the prompt I’m going to use as the basis for a blog post, copy and paste it into a new page in my Author Blog Post folder, and then expand on it.
After I’ve used a prompt, I highlight it to show that it has been used – but this doesn’t mean I can’t go back and use it again: for example, I might want to blog about more than one hobby!
Here are a few screen captures so you can see how it works:
Now it’s your turn… if you would like to share how YOU organise your Indie business (or how you use Scrivener) leave a comment below!