Getting Creative: Secondary Uses for Scrivener

Scrivener is fast becoming a mainstay of my writing. I’ve written about this software several times now but for those who are not familiar with it, Scrivener is for developing writing projects. It’s a powerful tool that allows for a great deal of flexibility for any kind of writing project. I’m even using it for this post but especially a series of blogs.

Having An IdeaA Whole New Use

I recently started a newsletter for my blog which I send out to email followers. As part of this process I use Mailchimp to send the messages. I’ll be working on the upcoming edition for next week over several days but it hit me as I started thinking about it – write the newsletter in Scrivener.

My Newsletter Plan

I’m sure other people are doing this already but I haven’t seen anyone actually write about it. Here’s how I plan to use Scrivener.

1. Create a project for the year (since I just started the newsletter the one for 2014 will be short).

2. Use the Binder to create each newsletter volume in separate sub-folders so the project will grow throughout the year.

3. Use the Research folder to create separate sub-folders for each volume where I can put ideas, links, pictures, etc. that I want to use for that volume. When I start writing the volume I’ll have all my information ready to go.

4. Transfer the text to the template in Mailchimp when ready.

Other Related Ideas

Since I plan to use Scrivener for developing my newsletter I also realized there are other similar uses too:

  • I can use it to write my book-related email campaigns.
  • Other email templates such as those used for greetings, thank-you’s and giveaways
  • Goodreads templates for those who friend me
  • It can even be used to compose social media communications that may be used repetitively. Since you can copy all kinds of files into Scrivener, I imagine I can even use it for adding pictures to post on Pinterest such as upcoming cover reveals or additional artwork to be released at a particular time.

The Bow of DestinyAs you can see, the uses for Scrivener are many and varied. Have you tried Scrivener yet? If you have, what are other ways you use it? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

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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There seems to be a glitch between me and the club today. If you have arrived here with the expectation that there are two $10 Amazon e-gift cards to be given away today, do not be worried. I will still give the cards away. Just leave a comment and I’ll randomly choose 2 winners and post them here later. I’ll need to be able to contact you by email if you win so make sure to include that information for me.

My Latest Writing News

It’s an honor to host today and I’ve had my own exciting week with the release of the latest edition of The Bow of Hart Saga entitled An Arrow Against the Wind. The book was finally released on 4/24 after a long wait on the part of readers and myself with a little announcement here on the blog. There were lots of delays in my life that held me up over the past year but I’ve been able to buckle down the last several months and complete the book. This is the last day of my celebration week and the book is still on sale for $2.99 until the end of the day.

It’s been rather exciting for this series over the last 6-8 months as sales for The Bow of Destiny took off last fall and sold in the thousands. During that time, The Bow of Destiny was name the 2016 Book of the Year by Fantasia reviews which completely stunned me. Some other interesting opportunities are available with the series that are in the works but I’ll address those later. However, I do hope to go to print sometime this year.

But, An Arrow Against the Wind is out and that’s the biggest news of my week! This book is the continuation of The Bow of Destiny and I think it will be quite exciting for readers. There’s already been a wonderful response from readers this week with the book appearing on a number of Amazon hot new release lists.

Books, Blurbs & Links

Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Uncertain what is real.

Athson has seen things that aren’t there and suffered fits since being tragically orphaned as a child at the hands of trolls and Corgren the wizard. When a strange will mentioning a mysterious bow comes into his possession, he’s not sure it’s real. But the trolls that soon pursue him are all too real and dangerous. And what’s worse, these raiders serve Corgren and his master, the hidden dragon, Magdronu, who are responsible for the destruction of his childhood home. Athson is drawn into a quest for the concealed Bow of Hart by the mystic Withling, Hastra, but Athson isn’t always sure what’s real and who his enemies are. With Corgren and Magdronu involved, Athson must face not only frequent danger but his grasp on reality and the reasons behind his tragic past.

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Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Buffeted like an arrow in the wind.

The hunt for the Bow of Hart continues for Athson and his companions. They have escaped the clutches of Magdronu and Corgren, but they are still pursued. In need of answers to deep mysteries revealed in Chokkra, Athson must gain possession of the mythic bow to face both his enemies and his tragic past. But Magdronu’s reach stretches among Athson’s companions, endangering Limbreth and even Hastra in schemes to entrap them all. With each turn of the search for the Bow of Hart, long hidden secrets surface that threaten to destroy Athson. Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?

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That’s all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by and here’s a little send-off for everyone who’s been following the club tour all month!

Officially a Hot New Release!

Since I’m the main marketer in addition to the author I have to switch hats and lead cheers for An Arrow Against the Wind some. I just checked Hot New Release categories on Amazon and it’s in the top 50 in 6 categories!

#16 Books/Fantasy/New Adult & College
#36 Books/Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery
#47 eBooks/Fantasy/Epic Fantasy
#13 eBooks/Fantasy/Metaphysical
#31 eBooks/Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery
#16 eBooks/Fantasy/New Adult & College

Thanks to all the readers for making An Arrow Against the Wind a success out of the gate! The book remains on sale this week through 4/30 and I can be convinced to keep it on sale with more good news!