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Managing Scrivener Project & Templates Pt. 4: Career Management

APM Template WritingScrivener has been a key component to improving my productivity this year. I’ve recently written about various uses for Scrivener such as blog posts, newsletters and even template email messages. Additionally, I’ve shared about using Scrivener templates including some resources for these. In my last post I shared about managing templates.

Becoming an author is a project all its own whether you are self-publishing or going the traditional route through publishers. Aside from writing content an author has a host of needs for their writing endeavors. The amount of resources a writer requires today can be confusing.

Many writers already use Scrivener to manage their various writing projects. But I recently started thinking about using something to manage my writing resources more thoroughly and Scrivener came to mind. My idea was to use the software not to publish from this project but to use it to manage the project.

APM Template PlatformFor example, I recently shared my Newsletter template where you can manage as many newsletters as necessary over a long period of time. Other’s have shared blog templates that function much the same way. I use one of these myself. However, this author management template is not meant for compiling writing. Instead, it’s meant to manage the business of writing.

If you are just starting out you can use the folders to organize the various elements of your writing career as well as record target dates to complete various tasks and projects. If you are setting up your website you’ll need to track your goal from idea to launch along with costs, hosting, website development, etc. The same goes for your social media accounts and blogging development.

APM Template ResearchBut there are many other pieces of information that an author may need to track. Suppose you have an agent. You may need to track information related to your agent. If you are developing a book launch you may need to create a sub-folder to keep your plans organized. You can copy files into various locations in your project that may relate to any of your business plans and functions (can anyone say taxes?). With the flexibility of Scrivener, an author can use it to manage just about everything they do including their writing inventory and deadlines.

I’ve created this template to be a starter for newer authors. If you already have much of what you need developed you can still plug in aspects of your career and manage the information or link to ongoing work. This Author Management template is free to download starting today. Try it out and let me know if you have any suggested changes.

The Bow of DestinyAre you trying Scrivener templates out? Are you already using them? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Author Goals for 2015 Pt. 3: Reviews & Conferences

This is a continuation from Monday’s blog, The Serendipity of Christmas Generosity. It took time to get to the place where I was ready to commit to writing after the events described in my previous post. But that bit of serendipity certainly affected what I’ve done this past year as well as where I’m going next year. In Part 1 of this series I shared an overview of my goals and now I am posting a discussion of why each is important to me as a writer this year. Part 2 covered why I want to engage with a local writer’s group.

This week I decided to take on two goals in this post.

Reading GroupReviews

One of my goals was to read and review more books. As I mentioned in my original post about my goals I’m a VIP member of Rave Reviews Book Club and to meet my membership requirements I need to review a minimum of four books. I’ve already reviewed one so I need to review more. However, I’d also like to review more than three books during 2015.

Why haven’t I been more busy with this goal this year? I’ve been busy with a big revision of my own book. I’ve also been busy with growing this blog, social media and my crowd-funding campaign. Now that I’m done with my revision I can focus more on reading – just as soon as I replace my broken e-reader.

However, the main idea behind the goal is to connect and give back to fellow authors. Initially, I’ll be targeting my chosen genres – fantasy and SciFi. I’m even considering posting my reviews as blog posts as well as on Amazon, Goodreads, etc…

Conference Attendance

HandshakeI already attend a local conference which is convenient and inexpensive. While I enjoy the conference and all that I learn as well as the interaction with other authors, I do want to experience a different conference.

Much like my first goal of attending a writer’s group, I’d like to network with a wider range of authors. I’m looking for something close, convenient and inexpensive. However, another goal is to simply get out of my regular schedule and nurture both my creativity and motivation. Along the way, I hope to learn more than a few things.

What goals are you considering for next year? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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A New Author’s Year in Review Pt. 3

This is a continuation from Monday’s blog, The Serendipity of Christmas Generosity. It took time to get to the place where I was ready to commit to writing after the events described in my previous post. But that bit of serendipity certainly affected what I’ve done this past year as well as where I’m going next year. In Part 1 of this series I’ll revealed how I’ve progressed this year in several ways but now I want to get more specific starting with my email decisions. Part 2 covers my choices with email.

HammerAfter I obtained my domain registration and email address hosting, I then launched my website. I knew the site would be a work in progress which didn’t bother me too much. The one thing that gave me pause was blogging. I’d never blogged though I knew a little about it. I was hesitant to proceed with the activity.

But why would blogging leave me hesitant? After all, I am a writer. What left me with qualms was the amount of regular content I needed to produce. I didn’t think that I had what I needed to develop content frequently. What would I write about? What about the time commitment? My main concern was starting a blog and then doing nothing with it when it’s supposed to be an enhancement to my longer content.

I started with infrequent post but researched how to blog and what kind of topics I could share . Here’s where I made a mistake. I committed to that crowd-funding campaign too soon. I needed to build my blog with regular posts. True I could have blogged more during my campaign but because of the campaign I lacked focus for the task.

Once I completed the campaign, I took a look at my blog analytics. They were abysmal. Clearly I needed to address this. I made a commitment to myself to blog more frequently and try a variety of different types of posts. I started hosting blog tours more as Typingwell as engaging in a guest post. Re-blogging is now a regular element of my blog. I write more related to what I am doing and how. Along the way the blog grew by a great deal. It’s not a huge thing but growing is good.

Looking back on the last seven months, I’ve come to enjoy blogging and I’ve learned a great deal too. Now I post a blog Monday through Friday and have a Newsletter. I may not keep up this pace next year but I certainly have fewer concerns about blogging now that I’ve committed to it. I look forward to learning more about the activity this coming year. I’m also going to expand the types of posts to author interviews while continuing to host more blog tours and guest posts.

I plan to share more about the details of how I started, what I used and the reasons for my decisions – good and bad – in the coming weeks. I’ll also use another series to discuss my plans for the upcoming years and why I’m setting such goals. Along the way, I’m also planning to reveal what I hope will be a helpful Scrivener template related to all these issues and how I plan to move forward. Again, I’m sharing this for other new or floundering would-be authors so if you know someone giving a it a go as a writer please share my posts with them.

The Bow of DestinyHow did you start your blog? Do you struggle to produce content? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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