Editing

Boomerang Book

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote an update so  it’s about time to share what’s been going on at the writing homestead. I’ve been making slow progress developing on my two new projects. However, the patient work on them will pay-off once they are written.

My editor just sent an email indicateding she plans to complete work on The White Arrow around next Wednesday. It’s coming back like a boomerang! Her initial reaction is that the book didn’t need much structural editing. I’m sure some necessary changes will be required but not as much as the last two books which bodes well for a possible earlier release than late October. Stay tuned for word on that front as the current price of $2.99 is only for release day.

Additionally, I’m working on the possibility of the series being published in audio format. That will likely take place beginning sometime in the first quarter of 2018. The details are still in the works so I’ll pass that along when I know more. I think the prospect of a digital audio edition of The Bow of Hart Saga will pair well with the currently offered ebook format.

Also, I’m looking into the possibility of a graphic novel deal. That’s a bit of a longer shot but I may be able to land some concept artwork. After that, it’s a matter of putting together a proposal. Since graphic novel editions would be in print, I’m seriously considering options to put the series into regular print too since these two format pair well like ebook and audio. There may be several new releases for The Bow of Destiny and An Arrow Against the Wind – interesting times with the writing!

Otherwise, it’s back to school for the teacher in my life and my college student daughter. The house is empty during the day – except for the dogs and the cat. One of the dogs has taken to going with me on runs so she’s a bit disappointed when she can’t go but when she does she keeps up well for a few miles, then lags because it’s really humid.

Our wet weather summer continues and I’m very glad the mower deck was repaired a few months back because the grass grows fast. I can almost watch it grow since it’s rained so much.

For those who want the latest news of our foundling cat, Minou, he’s quickly growing into a full-sized tom-cat. Minou has taken to charging my hand from the kitchen into the living room where he leaps onto wrap-around couch and ends with a crazed, helicopter pounce that sometimes carries him several feet in the air (I’m working on getting a video because it’s both very daring and very funny). He’s already going on about 9 pounds and has recently decided he wants to go out with the dogs since he sleeps and eats with them. We’re waiting to let him loose on the chipmunks until after he has “the operation”. However, Minou is doing a good job taking out any bugs that get into the house so he’s doing some of his vermin-hunting job.

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by for a visit and catching-up. Leave your comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

Scrivener Quick Tip – Changing Formatted Content

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.

Scriv Button 2Here’s a quick-tip for Scrivener a Monday morning. Need to change types of text in your document? Are the type of quotes you’ve used inconsistent or incorrect? Well, there’s a rather quick fix to these kinds of issues.

Just click on Format, slide down to Convert and you’ll see a number of choices displayed on the resulting fly-out menu:

Scriv Convert Menu

Highlight all of your document or the affected text to make the following changes:

  • Go from smart quotes to straight quotes after highlighting your document.
  • Do the opposite if you need smart quotes instead of straight ones.
  • Need to change case? Just use one of the first three commands.
  • Here’s a good one – do you have multiple spaces in your document but don’t want to change them one by one? Just use the Multiple Space to Space command.
  • Need to send some annotations, etc to meta-data or vice versa? Use the last four commands as appropriate.

As always before making mass changes to a document, use the Snapshot for an easy backup. That’s all for today. Look for another quick tip next Monday!

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

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On Your Mark! Get Set! Start Using Scrivener!

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. Just as a note, I’ll be changing the schedule of my Scrivener posts to Friday in the near future to accommodate my novel’s release in September as well as several events that will occur on Mondays. Expect 2 posts next week and thereafter they will appear on Friday!

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Starting LineIf you’ve ever run a race you know what happens. You get to the line, wait for the signal to start and your off! You don’t think what to do you just run – you just have to be aware of your starting pace.

However, when it comes to other tasks it may not be so obvious how to begin.  In fact, it’s often difficult to begin using something new like Scrivener when you don’t even know where to begin. You can easily just stare at the open screen and do nothing or even give up on using it altogether. I recently received just such a question and here’s my answer with more details.

I do suggest that anyone starting with Scrivener clear time to work through the tutorial. It’s a lot of information but it gives you some experience working with the software interface. The tutorial will give anyone starting out a sense of Scrivener’s flexible design power.

But what should you do after you’ve completed the tutorial? Well, start a project. It’s easy enough to begin – choose File and click on New Project. You’ll choose what project template to use, name your project and then browse to the location where you want to save it all.

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After that, start using some of what you learned in the tutorial to organize and customize your project. Use the Binder to organize you folders and documents into an a working structure – don’t worry if you need to make changes with this later, it’s quite easy with Scrivener. Next use the editor to configure the format of your documents. This is much like using any other editor in that you need to choose the details of your font and spacing – just be aware that Scrivener doesn’t wrap pictures.

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Next week, I’ll dig a little deeper into beginning your Scrivener usage and other features you may want to use soon to take advantage of Scrivener’s development power. In the meantime, you may find some of my other posts and a few of these links from Literature and Latte helpful as well:

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To find out more about The Bow of Destiny, click over to one of these online retailers:

Amazon

  BarnesandNoble      Smashwords

ibooksdownload      Kobo

IMG_4154-EditAbout the Author

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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