Scrivener, my goto writing app

I am finding myself using Scrivener, the writing application from Laureatte and Latte, for more and more of my writing. For a writing application I suppose this is good news, and to be expected. However, I bought Scrivener to write fiction, and now I am finding it useful for almost every piece of writing I do.

I suppose it is the way that the application can be configured in so many ways, many of which I still haven’t got my head around, that make it so versatile. Being a productivity geek, list writer and index card user, I find the virtual cork board a wonderful tool. The variety of export functions from html, epub to standard text formats, means that my finished work can be ready for its purpose. I am able to plan, develop, write and then publish my content all from one application.

I am using Scrivener for fiction, non-fiction reports, research, blogging and general idea development. The list is growing too, as I find out more about the application. I thought it was worth the cost just to write fiction, but now I am using it for most of the writing I do, it has become one of my best buys ever.

Just to balance things out, Scrivener has got a lot of functionality and it can be daunting to get your head around. But, I am a geek, and one of the joys of geekdom is playing with a piece of software and discovering what it can do. There are a lot of tutorials online and that helps, but just to warn you, it may take a while to feel comfortable using it. They do offer a free trial version though, so if you want to see what it can do, you can have 30 days at no cost.

If you want an application that will help the process of writing, then Scrivener could be for you. It was originally a Mac app, but there is a windows version available, and with a free trial available, what’s stopping you form giving it a go and creating something wonderful!

E-book trends to look for

There’s an interesting post about trends in the e-book arena that I’ve linked to below. They give 10 trends to keep an eye on. I think the main one, from a publishers point of view, is how an author can now ‘publish’ without the publisher. All publishing houses need to look at what they can bring to the table. The following are the most likely, but how many ‘new’ authors will feel the need for them?

  • Editorial expertise
  • Marketing
  • Advances

Do let me know if you have any other ideas in the comments.

Online Colleges

 

Amazon become publisher of distinction

The recent hiring of Larry Krishbaum show Amazon realise there is money in publishing their own books. They are moving beyond selling other people’s books and offering self-published authors shelf space too.

But will this cause a conflict of interest? Can someone offer publishing opportunities to everyone and yet act as a gate-keeper publishing to a high standard?

It seems the publishing industry becomes a little stranger each day.