How I Use Scrivener for Career Planning


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.

How To

…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.

Useful Links

…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/In Progress

… ideas for new characters; future books in a series; ideas for a new series or Kindle Short Read.

Success Stories

… 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!


How I Use Scrivener for Career Planning — 1 Comment

  1. Hi Marg again!

    I like you advice though you seem to be talking to folk who have already published many books. I find it hard to imagine how to gather interest in my book when I have no track record…the horizon seem to be getting further away the more advice I read!

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