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What Is Needed – Cover Art Poll

archery at sunsetI’ve begun preparations to release What Is Needed in late July. This is a prequel to The Bow of Hart Saga of which The Bow of Destiny is the first book. Currently, What Is Needed is with an editor. However during the editing of this novella I’m working on the other details.

I’m still choosing between making my own cover art for this e-book or commissioning something with similar style to The Bow of Destiny. The main issue with the latter choice is funding. Since this e-book is mainly meant as a giveaway I don’t want to invest too much money into it. However, I am interested in it at least eventually having consistent artwork.

To that end, I’m running a poll the next two weeks to get opinions on whether I should DIY at least the initial cover or just splurge and commission the artwork. I’m also including links to choices for the DIY possibility.

I know everyone’s time is precious, but if you’ve got a few minutes take a look at the choices and express your opinion on the potential cover choices.

Background As It Relates to the Artwork

Here are just enough tidbits to help out with the cover links but if you want more, the What Is Needed posts are still available beginning here.

There is a scene with stabbing violence so I have a possible cover example of that which seems intriguing. The story is set mostly in a large complex like a school so there are a few pictures that cover that. Also, the end takes place at a dilapidated tower so I’ve chosen some examples of that. The choices are linked below:

Tower 1    Tower 2     Tower 3     Withling’s Watch     Withling’s Attacked     Bloody Knife

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyPlease 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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Duly Noted In Scrivener

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Just wandering back to the Inspector and its functions again this week. I’ve written previously about the Inspector in general as well as using keywords and snapshots which are handy features on the Inspector.

Just to review, the Inspector is turned on by using the View menu => Layout and clicking Inspector or CTRL + Shift + I on your keyboard (Italics is just CTRL + I).

Scirv Turn on Inspector

Scriv Doc Notes HighlightedDocument Notes is the first feature on the left of the Inspector menu at the bottom of the bar. From there you can enter notes about the document in which you’re working. Simply type in the field and you have a note. If you want to remind yourself you’ve done something in the document here’s the place to do just that. But notes here are only for the document itself and not the whole project.

Toggle Doc_Proj NotesIf you want to use Project Notes, that is, notes that are for the whole project you can toggle to those or turn them on from the Project menu. To toggle from the Inspector you must be in the Documents Notes feature and click on the up-down arrows to get this menu.

You can click onto Project Notes and make a note for the whole project.

Scriv Proj Notes Window

You can display the same thing in a window by clicking on the Project menu and choosing Project Notes.

Scriv Proj Notes

Looking at the previous screenshot you can also open this feature window by clicking on Manage Project Notes.

From the window you can type in new notes for the project as pictured below. When new notes are added (via the + button on the right of the tabs bar) they have individual tabs unlike document notes. Click on the X to remove a note-tab.

Scriv Proj Notes Tabs

So that’s the quick primer on using notes in Scrivener Inspector. This feature lets you make notes with ease so you have a reminder of what you where going to do – or did (unlike the Scratchpad which allows you to insert text across open projects). They are stored in your document or project rather than keeping all it straight with actual sticky notes.

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyPlease 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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Scrivener & Revision Strategies For Projects

Scrivener 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.

Scrivener LogoI received my edited manuscript back from my editor a few weeks ago. I’ve been working on the suggested structural changes. But one of the immediate questions I had was how to incorporate this back into my Scrivener project.

Back in January, I wrote about how to compile a manuscript. My purpose in compiling at the time was for my editor and I successfully turned a Word document over to her. But this leads to a slight problem. If the changes are in Word how do I get the content back into Scrivener?

Several options presented themselves when I considered the problem:

1. Create a whole new project and import the edited version into Scrivener.

2. Copy content back into the project one chapter at a time.

3. Within the project, create a whole new folder and import the new revision into it.

Scriv Import

I’m using the third option. It keeps the book in one project and allows me to refer to the previous revision easily. I could also import one chapter at a time if I need to do break my changes up more.

Fortunately, Scrivener allows choosing what to include/exclude while compiling so I can include only the newest revision. This is a simple process which is covered in my post about compiling.

Scrive Compile Select

Here’s a poll so you can choose your best choice:

What are your thoughts on these choices? How would you address importing edited content for a new revision? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my blackbag-imgContact 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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