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What is Scrivener?

What is Scrivener?

If you look up scrivener in the dictionary you will find the definition that a scrivener is a historical noun meaning a clerk, scribe, or notary.

Scrivener software is your scribe. The scribe is a powerful content-generation software for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. Almost every wants to be a writer knows the first step to getting a book published is to complete writing the first draft.

How Does Scrivener Help?

  • Scrivener is your complete writing studio.
  • Scrivener helps you to write, structure, and revise your book.
  • Scrivener helps you create order from chaos
  • Scrivener helps you organize your research where it is not only within easy reach but where you can find your stuff.
  • Scrivener helps you get the first draft completed where you can compile and/or export it for printing.
  • Scrivener even has a ios version if you use an iPhone. So far there isn’t a version available for an Android user like me.
  • Scrivener is used by persons needing a long-form project management tool. The software is used by all sorts of professional and amateur writers, from best-selling and aspiring novelists to Hollywood scriptwriters, from students and academics to lawyers and journalists: anyone who works on long and difficult writing projects.

So, what is Scrivener

“Scrivener is aimed at writers of all kinds—novelists, journalists, academics, screenwriters, playwrights—who need to structure a long piece of text while referring to research documents. Scrivener is a ring-binder, a scrapbook, a corkboard, an outliner and text editor all rolled into one. It is primarily intended to be a first draft tool; although it is possible to complete a project that requires only basic formatting – such as a novel or short story – in Scrivener, often you will want to take your draft to a dedicated word processor or layout program for final formatting. Scrivener is intended to be a kind of “writer’s shed” for those of us who don’t have a spare shed.” 1


1From the introduction in the Scrivener tutorial in the software’s help file

You’re Never Too Old to Achieve Goals or Dreams

“The world stands aside,” said David Jordan, “to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.” Having a goal or dream applies to those, who learn where they are going late in life as well as for the young.

At age 40, James Michener published his first book. He authored more than 50 titles – 26 historical fiction novels, 31 nonfiction books, and 13 of his works were adapted into TV miniseries or made into movies.

At age 53, Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister.

At age 60, Jimmie Aaron Kepler published his first book. This was 33 years after his first professional writing sale of a magazine article.

At age 65, Winston Churchill became British prime minister for the first time and started the epic struggle against Hitler. Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 at age 79 for his many published works, especially his six-volume set The Second World War. He wrote the six volume set when he was in his 70s without any assistance or ghost writers. I love his comment, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” He then wrote the definitive history of World War II. It was kind to him. The photo is of Sir Winston Churchill.

At age 69, Ronald Reagan was elected President of the United States. He served two terms. He was 77 years old when he completed his second term in office.

At age 70, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. He is the oldest person to be elected to the office for a first term.

At age 70, 80 and again at 90, former President of the USA George H.W. Bush parachuted out of an airplane.

At age 72, Golda Meir became prime minister of Israel.

At age 75, Ed Delano of California bicycled 3100 miles in 33 days to attend his 50th college reunion in Worcester, Massachusetts.

At age 77, United States Senator John Glenn became the oldest man to fly in space on STS-46, the Space Shuttle. The flight was 36 years after his original flight as a Mercury Astronaut.

At age 80, Grandma Moses, who had started painting in her late 70s, had her first one-woman exhibit.

At age 80, Winston Churchill returned to the House of Commons as a member of parliament and also exhibited 62 of his paintings.

At age 81, Benjamin Franklin skillfully mediated between disagreeing factions at the U. S. Constitutional Convention.

At age 82, Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner in any acting category for his performance in Beginners

At age 85, Emmanuelle Riva became the oldest Oscar nominee ever for her role in Amour. She was nominated in the Best Actress category.

At age 96, George C. Selbach scored a 110-yard hole-in-one at Indian River, Michigan.

On his 100th birthday, ragtime pianist Eubie Blake exclaimed, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”

How about you? Have you slowed down, packed it in, given up, and checked out? If I know the Heavenly Father, I know that He has something wonderful still in store for you! It’s never too late. Why don’t you call God up and ask Him what that might be? His number is found in The Bible in Jeremiah 33:3. It reads, “Call upon Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know!”

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The Copyright Page

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The copyright page helps protect your intellectual property.

Copyright Page Contains:

  • The Declaration of copyright
    • It tells who owns the copyright
    • The gives the year of publication
    • You are informed of any reservation of rights
  • Other Credits
    • Artists or Illustrators
    • Editor or Editorial Staff
    • Cover or Graphic Designer
    • Publisher Notes
  • Copyright Acknowledgements
    • For reprinted materials that require permission (Bible Verses i.e. Scripture)
    • ISBN Number
    • LCCN or CIP Number
    • List Where Printed for Print Books
    • Edition Number
    • Usually, includes a “Published By”
      • Published by is listed at either the top or bottom of copyright page
  • Disclaimer
    • Memoirs
      • Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.
    •  Novels
      • This is a work of fiction. Names, places, and events are either the product of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.
    • Self-Help Books.
      • This book is for informational purposes only. While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of the book, neither the author nor the publisher shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the instructions contained in this book.
    • Health Books.
      • The information provided in this book is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians.

Dedication Page:

  • To my wonderful wife, Mary, without whose continued loving support and encouragement this book would not exist.

Table of Contents:

  • Included in nonfiction titles
  • Not usually in fiction books
    • Should not be longer than two pages.

Foreword:

  • Setup for the book, typically written by someone other than the author. A famous person or celebrity writing the foreward can help promote and sell the book.

Preface / Acknowledgements:

  • Here is where the author’s say thank you to those who contributed time and resources towards the effort of writing the book.

Introduction

  • Setup for the book’s contents, generally by the author.

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  • Title: Intellectual Property
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  • Free License permits: Sharing, copying and redistributing in any medium or format including adapting, remixing, transforming, and building upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. Attribution required.
  • License: Creative Commons 3 – CC BY-SA 3.0
  • Creator attribution: Nick Youngson – link to – http://nyphotographic.com/
  • Date first licensed: June 2016

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The Copyright Page

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Fiction and nonfiction contain a copyright page. The copyright page’s purpose is to help protect and identify your intellectual property. The copyright page contains specific information.

The Copyright Page Contains

  • Your Declaration of Copyright
  • Other Credits
  • Copyright Acknowledgements
  • Disclaimer
  • ISBN Number
  • LCCN or CIP Number
  • Where Printed
  • Edition Number
  • Published By

In the next few sessions, we will look at each part in detail.

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Your Book’s “Front Matter”

Today I’ll take a quick look at the front matter of your book. Wh there is no industry standard of front matter for your book, most books will have up to eight items. Only the title page and copyright page are found in all books.

Front Matter:

  • Endorsements / Praise for the Book
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Dedication Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Foreword
  • Preface / Acknowledgements
  • Introduction

The Endorsements or Praise Page:

The endorsement page is where you tell the world how good you and your book is. You are letting your potential audience know not through your own words but rather by sharing the comments of other. Here is where you list lines from endorsements and pre-publication reviews for readers to view what others are saying about the book. Not everyone will have The Endorsement or Page Page.

Next is the Title Page.

Title Page:

  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Author
  • Illustrator
  • Publisher (even if you are an indie author you let the reader know it is an independent or self-published book)
  • Publisher Location (Don’t give them your street address! There are people who may be stalking you. You can use your city or a post office box plus your city)

The title type and design elements should match your front cover. Look at how the traditionally published books do it and replicate what you see.

Next time we will look at the copyright page.

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How to Get Your Manuscript Ready for Publishing

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Assumptions

You must write the book to have something to prepare for publication.

I know what you are thinking. Your thoughts are everyone knows you have to first write the book. I’m assuming you have taken the time to finish your first draft. After you’ve written you can move to this step.

Today I am giving you a general overview of the parts of a manuscript and how to get the manuscript ready for publication, that is, how to really polish your work.

The Parts of a Manuscript

A manuscript has three basic parts. They are:

  • Front Matter
  • Content
  • Back or End Matter

Once the manuscript is written it is time to begin polishing it. Here are the basic steps on how to polish your manuscript. They are:

  • Using Beta Readers
  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Interior Layout and Design

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Next time I’ll look at the parts in more detail.

Use Video and Audio to Engage an Audience.

Using audio and video on a regular basis is one great way to build an audience. Below are a few thoughts on how to do it.

Consistent Schedule

  • Published on the same day of the week
  • Published at the same time

Specific Subject or Themed – Examples are:

  • Marketing your book
  • Self-publishing helps
  • How to use a specific software like Scrivener
  • Your hobby or passion. Examples are:
    • Travel
    • Dining
    • Book reviews
    • Coffee houses

Start Your Own YouTube Channel

  • Create informational videos
  • How to videos
  • Interviews

Create a Live-stream Channel and Stream Videos Using Google Hangouts

  • Create informational videos
  • How to videos
  • Interviews
  • Create a podcast

Reminder – Three Things to Do Before You Publish Your Book:

  • Brand Your Book
  • Obtain Endorsements
  • Develop an Audience

Next, we will look at preparing your manuscript for publishing. Remember, you must write the book to have something to prepare for publication.

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Podcasts and Videos

Use Video and Audio to engage an audience.

  • Create a YouTube channel and create informational videos.
  • Create informational videos.
  • Start a live-stream channel and stream videos.
  • Create a podcast.

Video and Audio Resources:

Podcasting Resources:

Podcasting is an effective way to generate content for your website. Many inexpensive and relatively simple tools are available to capture and edit audio and video. The tools allow even a podcasting novice can produce high-quality content with very little expense.

Podcasting Tools.

  • Podbean. Podbean is a podcasting platform with publishing, management, syndication, and analysis tools.
    • Publish and share your podcasts, and even sell them with no transaction fees.
    • Price: Plans start at $5 per month.
  • PodOmatic. PodOmatic is a platform with customizable embedded players and promotional tools.
    • Its directory contains over two million podcasts from independent podcasters.
    • Create a mini cast, combining audio and images to share on social media. 
    • Price: The Basic account is free. Contact them for pro support pricing.
  • Audcacity. Audacity is a free and open-source application for recording and editing audio.
    • It features simple tools for splicing and mixing sound.
    • Edit a variety of sound files and apply multiple effects, including changing speed or pitch.
    • Audacity also features a podcasting forum for community support.
    • Audacity is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. 
    • Price: Free.
  • SoundCloud. SoundCloud is a social audio platform to create and share the sound.
    • Share audio privately or publicly to blogs, sites, and social networks.
    • Share audio directly to Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Foursquare. Access anywhere using the official iPhone and Android apps, as well as hundreds of creation and sharing apps built on the SoundCloud platform. 
    • Price: Free.
  • Libsysn. Libsyn (Liberated Syndication) is a podcast network to create, host, publish and promote your podcast.
    • It has over 10,000 podcasts delivered to more than 18 million monthly audience members.
    • With four different kinds of content accepted by its app, you can offer your audience extras, blog posts, transcripts and more all in one place. 
    • Price: Plans start at $5.
  • GarageBand. If you own a Mac, GarageBand is a full-feature tool to record and edit your podcast audio.
    • Create and mix up to 255 audio tracks.
    • GarageBand comes with a complete sound library of software instruments.
  • Ecamm Call Recorder. Ecamm Call Recorder is a tool to record audio and video calls with Skype or FaceTime.
    • Get high-quality HD recordings. Easily convert into MP3 files for podcasting.
    • Call Recorder’s multi-track recording lets you split tracks after a call.
    • Available for Mac OS. 
    • Price: $29.95.
  • Audio Hijack. Audio Hijack is a tool to record audio from apps like Skype or from an audio device, with customizable recording options for podcasts.
    • Audio Hijack is also an ideal backup tool to record your source audio, in case there’s a problem with a guest’s audio track. 
    • Price: $49 for a license.
  • Simple Podcast Press. Simple Podcast Press is a player that will also grow your audience.
    • Automatically add Opt-in Forms to all your existing and new podcast episodes to grow your email list.
    • Add a sidebar widget that automatically showcases your latest podcast episodes.
    • Works with all podcast feeds including Libsyn, SoundCloud, PodBean, and Blubrry. 
    • Price: $47 single license.
  • Smart Podcast Player. Smart Podcast Player is a customizable podcast player sleek enough for your website.
    • Display your podcast artwork, and use your brand colors.
    • Your library updates automatically anytime you publish a new episode to your feed.
    • The mobile-responsive Smart Podcast Player is compatible with any podcast RSS feed from any podcast hosting service, including Libsyn and SoundCloud. 
    • Price: $97 per year.
  • ScheduleOnce. ScheduleOnce is a scheduling assistant app that’s useful to book guest interviews.
    • It integrates with a variety of calendar apps, including Google Calendar, Apple Calendar, and Outlook.
    • Guests click your booking page and choose from available time slots.
    • When booked, the appointment is automatically added to your calendar and confirmation is sent the guest. 
    • Price: Plans start at $5 per month.
  • SqueakPipe. SqueakPipe is a voice messaging tool.
    • It’s useful if your podcast utilizes Q&As with questions submitted from listeners.
    • Install a voicemail widget on your website and start interacting with your audience.
    • You can use a custom button or the SpeakPipe side button. 
    • Price: Plans start at $7 per month.
  • Spreaker. Spreaker is a podcast platform to create, host, and distribute your podcasts.
    • Pre-record or broadcast live via the studio console, from desktop or mobile device.
    • Mix voice with tracks and effects on the fly.
    • The application also allows easy sharing across all the major social networks, as well as providing embeddable players for any website. 
    • Price: Plans start at $4.99 per month.
  • Buffer. Buffer is a tool to manage the sharing of content — including podcasts — on social media.
    • Use Buffer to schedule your podcasts, and then analyze rich statistics on how your posts perform.
    • Schedule your sharing in advance, and manage multiple social media accounts at once. 
    • Price: An individual account is free.
  • Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is a video and audio conferencing tool that can be used for interviewing guests.
    • Google Hangouts is for broadcasting live conversations.
    • Take audience questions in advance and answer them live.
    • Schedule broadcasts and go live in HD on Google+, YouTube, and your website.
    • It will be recorded and automatically saved on your YouTube channel. 
    • Price: Free.
  • Blubrry PowerPress. Blubrry PowerPress brings the essential features for podcasting to WordPress.
    • PowerPress offers iTunes support, media URL verification, six audio player options, three video player options, multiple format and media file types, category podcasting capabilities, platform migration tools, and more. 
    • Price: Blubrry basic is free.
    • Premium plan is $5 per month

Example Video created for free by Jimmie Aaron Kepler using Animoto free version.

Some content is sourced and adapted from Practicalecommerce.

 

Engage on Social Media

Social Media Sites:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Google+

Social Media Sites for Book Lovers:

Social Media Sites Have Become Mainstream in People’s Lives:

  • Surveys reveal that 78% of the U.S. population has a social network profile.
  • Using social media to connect with consumers is now an essential part of any good marketing
    campaign.
  • In fact, 91% of retail brands use two or more social media channels to connect with consumers.

Social Media Site Content is Bite-sized.

  • People are using micro-moments to check their social media feeds.
  • Facebook says that readers spend only 1.7 seconds on a Facebook post when using a mobile device to access the site.

Next, we will look at using video and audio to engage an audience.

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Blog on a Regular Schedule

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Blogs Influence People:

  • 77% of Internet users read blogs.
  • 87% of blog readers are book buyers.
  • Blogs rank third (behind family and friends) in influencing purchasing decisions.
  • 61% of consumers have made a purchasing decision based on a blog post.
  • A blog helps you develop trust with your audience

Blogs require new content:

  • New Content

You want to add new material on a regular basis to keep your readers engaged.

  • Post Often

A good goal for blog posting is once or twice a week. You really should go longer between blog posts than two weeks or you will have trouble building an audience.

Statistics show that 68% of bloggers blog less than daily, but more than monthly.

It takes nine months of regular posting for a blog to develop a strong, loyal readership base.

Next time we will look at Social Media Engagement.

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