Backups & Cloud Syncing in Scrivener

Tips and Tricks for Scrivener: Video Series

It has been a long time in production, but it's finally here. The first of the new videos in Tips and Tricks for Scrivener is now available.

As a reminder, in the first series, we examined the steps needed to get started and compile your manuscripts. There were videos on how to start a new project or import Word files. We looked at how to compile your manuscripts for submission or into eBook format. We even looked at some of the differences between the Mac and Windows versions of Scrivener.

In the second series, we'll delve a little deeper into the capabilities of Scrivener, including how to make templates and backup files.

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Hidden Traps - Pre-order Now

Hidden Traps is now available to pre-orders.

The road to publication is a long one, and as my faithful readers will know, there are no shortcuts. Publication requires countless hours of editing, development, and, in many cases, tears. Then you have all the public aspects of the process: social media, websites, conferences, and the list goes on.

The whole process can be incredibly overwhelming. To make matters worse, the real, solid advice about what it is we really face is scarce. So many of us hear about this beast known as a writer's platform, but it seems to be covered in this shroud of secrecy. As a consequence, many writers are prone to fall into one of the many hidden traps out there, learning lessons the hard way.

It's incredibly cruel of an industry to leave those new to it to flounder their way through life.

For the past six month, I have been writing, and editing, a book that I feel ALL writers could benefit from, looking at the various hidden traps associated with an online platform. I'm please to announce that the book is now available for pre-orders through a variety of retailers.

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Hidden Traps by Judy L Mohr (Coming Soon)

Working with Graphic Designers

My readers will know that I’m working toward the publication of Hidden Traps: A Writer’s Guide to Protecting Your Online Platform, due to be released August 2017. It’s been an interesting journey: revisiting my nonfiction writing roots; learning about ISBNs and publishing options; and devising marketing strategies. It has definitely been a steep learning curve. I have learnt many things along this journey, topics of which will become future blog posts, but there is one aspect that I thought was perfect to reveal now.

Graphic designers think in images.

Looking back at it now, it seems so logical, but at the time that I commissioned the cover for Hidden Traps, it was a concept that completely eluded me. I’m a writer and editor. I spend so much of my time looking at how to craft that perfect sentence to convey the right picture. I’ve commissioned artwork before, providing only a line from my stories and getting the perfect image in return. Surely, I can do the same for a cover.

I’ll hang my head in shame now, because clearly my words weren’t enough.

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New Scrivener Video

After running a few workshops on using Scrivener, both in person and on-line, I discovered that the previously released series of videos was missing one vital video: how to you start a new novel, aimed at those who have never used Scrivener before.

Write here, write now. Scrivener.

Well… I worked fast and hard to get a new video made and edited. It has now been added to the Tips and Tricks for Scrivener video series on the Black Wolf Editorial YouTube channel. You can find out more about the full series, and what is covered in each episode, here.

This is only the first series. More are currently in planning phases. Keep an eye on the Black Wolf Editorial YouTube channel and here on the Editor’s Blog for more videos.


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© Copyright, Judy L Mohr 2016

Tips and Tricks for Scrivener Video Series

Tips and Tricks for Scrivener is a video series on the Black Wolf Editorial YouTube channel. These videos show you how to use Scrivener, beyond the demonstration videos that come with Scrivener or those found on the developer’s website. Through these videos, you will learn how to customize and use Scrivener to its full potential, including how to set up prologues, customize chapter numbering designs, and use annotations. Yes, Scrivener does have it’s limitations; those are covered too.

Write here, write now. Scrivener.For those who don’t know, Scrivener is a word-processing software package that was designed for writers. It’s available in Mac, Windows, iOS and Linux. (Sorry, but no Android version as of yet.) There is little difference between the Mac, Windows and Linux versions, so majority of the instructions shown in the videos will apply to all three. Scrivener has little memory overhead, able to run on the slowest of machines, and it outputs manuscripts into a range of different formats, including DOC, DOCX, PDF, ePub, MOBI and RTF.

The editors at Black Wolf Editorial Services highly recommend Scrivener to all writers.

Series 1: Getting Started and Basic Operations

The first series of videos has now been released and is available on YouTube. Topics include:

  • Create a new project and importing from another word-processor
  • Compile a manuscript
  • Modify compile options and creating your own
  • Create a prologue using a multi-tiered folder structure
  • Customize the display options on the editor window
  • Change between smart quotes and straight quotes
  • Adding multiple manuscripts to the same project
  • Create custom Scrivener project templates
  • Using revision mode (Mac Only)
  • Using dictation and read back (Mac Only)
  • Using the scratchpad.
  • Collaborating with other writers
  • and much more.

You can find more information about what is covered in each of episode here.

This is only the first series. More are currently in planning phases. Keep an eye on the Black Wolf Editorial YouTube channel and here on the Editor’s Blog for more videos.


P.S. I’d love to meet you on Twitter or Facebook.

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© Copyright, Judy L Mohr 2016

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Scrivener: Software for the Writer

Many writers spend endless hours writing their precious manuscripts using MSWord or some other equivalent word-processing program. In the initial writing phase, they encounter very little problems. Then editing begins. So too does the grumbling.

The filesize increases dramatically and previous versions of certain chapters are lost. To move a chapter, the cut-and-paste hell takes over. Versions are sent out for review, resulting in hundreds of copies of the manuscript. (Exactly which one was the one I was working on?)

Here’s the situation: I have NEVER liked MSWord. It stems back to my Master’s thesis where MSWord frequently moved my images off the screen so I would spend forever hunting for them. Then it would goggle up whole chapters and all my editing would be lost. And when it came to printing… The Master Document feature failed completely and I had to change all the cross-references and auto-numbering manually, including page numbers. I was not a happy chappy.

Granted, I was working in MSWord95. Things have significantly improved since then, but MSWord still doesn’t like my documents.

When I did my PhD, I used LaTex: a freeware software package that was designed for scientists and academics. The system had very little memory overhead and I never lost my images again. Moving chapters around was a simple matter of moving a single line of code.

When I finally started writing my high fantasy series, LaTex was my choice. Then I started looking seriously at agents and publishers. The horrible truth was that all manuscripts needed to be submitted in DOC format. DOH! LaTex outputs to PDF no sweat, ePub/MOBI with gentle persuasion (and a wooden mallet), RTF is covered, but DOC? Aaahh! Nope. It ain’t happening.

Write here, write now. Scrivener. After extensive research, and trialing various programs, I discovered Scrivener. It promised to provide the flexibility needed for editing, low memory overheads, and varied outputs, including DOC, PDF, RTF, ePub and MOBI. OMG, the transition from LaTex was beyond easy and Scrivener upheld its promises.

Today, ALL of my personal writing is done in Scrivener. I export my files to DOC for submission and to share with critique partners, but that’s all MSWord is allowed to see of my manuscripts. From the conception through to the final revision, everything is in Scrivener.

The full license of Scrivener is $40USD, which entitles you to updates and full technical support. And this is a lifetime license. (When was the last time MSWord was that cheap?)

Scrivener is available for Mac, Windows, iOS (this version is $19 USD), and a beta-version is available for Linux. Sorry, but no Android version… yet.

Every year, Literature and Latte, the developers of Scrivener, sponsor NaNoWriMo. If you are registered for the NaNoWriMo, CampNaNo or the young writers program, then you will get a discount, normally 20%. Winners are normally given a 50%-discount code.

The trial version of the software is the full package, with all features enabled. You get 30 non-consecutive days to trial the software. And in October, Literature and Latte release a special NaNoWriMo trial version.

Okay… This really is coming across as an ad for Scrivener, but after the experiences I’ve had with other programs…

Later this month, on the Black Wolf Editorial YouTube channel, I will be releasing a series of videos on how to use Scrivener, beyond the demonstration videos that come with Scrivener or found on the Literature and Latte website. I will show you how to customize and use Scrivener to its full potential, including how to set up prologues, customize chapter numbering designs, and use annotations. Yes, Scrivener does have it’s limitations; I will be going over those too.

Keep an eye on the Black Wolf Editorial YouTube channel and here on this blog for more details.


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© Copyright, Judy L Mohr 2016