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Scrivener Templates and Project Management Pt. 5: Book Reviews

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Scrivener 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. In Part 4 I released my Author Platform Management template. A few posts pastin this series I indicated how I’ll use Scrivener more in the coming year. In my most recent edition I revealed how I’ll approach my increased usage. Today, I’ll reveal a new template and I’m planning another how-to post next week as well as another addition to the Author Platform Management template.

I recently had a Twitter conversation with V. Walker who read how I’m using Scrivener more this year. She expressed her interest in the software with a retweet. I noticed that she was, among several things, a reviewer.

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What ensued was a short conversation about how she might use Scrivener – as a reviewer. I hadn’t thought of it previously but what another great way to make use of this software. Some people do short reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. But some people review more seriously than others. The Binder is a great way to manage numerous reviews.

Screenshot: Book Review Template

Screenshot: Book Review Template

Imagine reviewing lots of books but being confused as to what you’ve done already. With Scrivener you could easily track them and schedule your reviews. What an improvement over individual files if you used a single project for each year.

Well that gave me another idea for a template – reviews. It works much like those for newsletters or blogs but I’ve added some specifics that I imagine serious reviewers might need. I’ve include a rudimentary binder organization and a calendar of schedules as well as tracking. Again, it’s free to download. Feel free to make your own suggestions and I’ll be happy to update and share a newer version.

What other ways can you think of using Scrivener? 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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Release Announcement: What Is Needed

Just sharing an announcement for an upcoming book release. What Is Needed, which appeared here as a fiction blog series, will be converted to an e-book novella (and possibly a limited hard-cover edition).

archery at sunsetThis story covers the events around several characters appearing in The Bow of Destiny as a prequel to the The Bow of Hart Saga. I hope to secure a cover design during May. I also intend to begin final additions and editing later this month to have it out as an e-book in early June.

Regarding The Bow of Destiny, I am currently in the middle of a structural revision, followed by detailed editing by my editor during May. After that, I will complete a final revision and have a few beta readers provide their opinions during the early summer. The current target date for e-book release is late-September or early October depending on the amount of changes required. I’ll also spend the summer preparing for the release in detail.

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Photo from the book trailer for The Bow of Destiny

Photo from the book trailer for The Bow of Destiny

I also hope to have book two, An Arrow Against the Wind, ready for a structural edit by late June thought that may be a bit ambitious with all the other projects (I’m hoping to be quite productive during May while book one is with the editor). I don’t have a release date yet for this book though I should announce that with the release of The Bow of Destiny.

Book three, The White Arrow, will be outlined with the rough draft completed around edits of the other two books and their releases.

It’s a busy year for this fantasy series but it’s time to release it to the world. There are Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - Copymany more fiction projects that I want to write. I’ll update progress periodically with posts on the News page and details on this blog.

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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Promote Your Writing With Scrivener

Scrivener LogoScrivener is a powerful writing tool. I write about it weekly with tips and usage ideas. To read more of my posts click the Scrivener tag or category at the end of the page.

Writing is easier than every with Scrivener. But with all that production you’ve got to release some work to the public. When you launch your book you need to hit the road and do some marketing.

One of the most used marketing tools is the blog tour. Why not use Scrivener to develop your blog tours? Much like a blog template you can use a blog tour template to write for all your stops and keep them organized.

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Scriv Blog TourTry setting up a project for your book release and organize it by blog tour. Get a head start as tour ideas come to mind and write them down. Then when it comes time to release your work and do frequent blog tours you’ll have plenty of material for all the stops.

I’ve modified a blog template to use specifically for with blog tours which you can download for free here. Organize your binder, use the table in the calendar container to track your schedule. Use the document template or create new ones for your various needs as they arise.

Want to develop your own templates? Here are instructions on creating and managing project templates. Need to know more about making document templates? Click here to learn to create a document template and here to learn more about what to put in them.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyAre you looking for a way to organize your blog tour ideas? 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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