Managing Scrivener Projects & Templates Pt. 3: An Author’s Platform

Having An IdeaScrivener 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.

One of my common writing topics is project management. I’ve written several posts during the year that address issues specific to writing. I’m also currently reviewing my year as a new author which, in part, refers to some elements of the same subject.

I had a copy of Microsoft Project available when I started planning my author platform. The software is used mainly for large projects among numerous people and it’s a tool to help keep everything on schedule. So in organizing everything I needed and how I was going to execute each stage of constructing my writing platform I gave Project a try.

But this software never quite satisfied me. While it’s useful for scheduling, it never suited my needs. Being date-oriented, Project left me dis-oriented when it came to managing all the aspects of writing.

Recently, I got to thinking about the topic again. Scrivener came to mind as something to try. After all, Scrivener is ideally built to manage writing projects. Why not expand that to managing all the data for my writing platform?

Under ConstructionThat’s just what I’m in process of designing – a template for an author’s platform. I’m still putting all my ideas together but I’m basically organizing the template to help authors plan and manage their web presence, social media information, a writing inventory and much more.

I’m going to take my time but I hope to have it ready later this week to share. I envision it as been an author’s hub of activity where they can manage book launches, submissions, etc. Writing is a daunting profession as it is but trying to track everything gets to be confusing. The beauty of Scrivener is that you can link to or even save all kinds of files into a project – even a Project file. This type of flexibility allows an author to centralize their activity into one location that either references important information or includes it outright.

Interested? Then check back on the News page and I’ll announce the blog post containing the free download. I’ve already got one template posted this week for Newsletters which you can download for free.

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