June 21st, 2012
Scrivener, Copy Edits, and Future Plans

So I’m finally getting around to watching the Scrivener instructional videos again. I’ve tried to do so over the years, but have always been working on a book at the time so it never worked out. This time I’m determined to at least get a basic working knowledge of the program so that I can write the next book (whatever that turns out to be) using the program. I’m tired of being buried in notes and file cards and pages of notebook scenes. I need to find a better way to keep track of all the information that doesn’t involve the use of paper.

Now that I’ve finished Linx, I have contacted a copy editor for GHOST HUNTER CHRONICLES: SOLOMON’S SEALS. The plan is to put it out in paperback. I will be releasing it on CreateSpace and Lightning Source because I want indie stores to be able to order it for future signings.

Given what seems to be happening with indie e-sales lately, I’m doing a lot of hard thinking about what I should do next. Initially, I’d planned to work on Atlantean’s Quest 5: The Dark King, but I’m not sure anymore whether that would be a good use of my time. It will get written. I’m not going to leave the book hanging. I am just not sure if it will be next anymore. I don’t seem to be the only one experiencing an ‘odd’ shift with their sales. I don’t know if this is a summer thing, an algorithm thing, or an over-saturation of the market. I suppose only time will tell on the latter two.

In the meantime, I’m going to work on streamlining my process. I guess it’s finally time to start contacting review sites. Any suggestions?

4 comments to “Scrivener, Copy Edits, and Future Plans”

  1. I agree with you on the over-saturation of the market being a key ingredient to sales slumps. Since my own process is far from streamlined, I’d be a poor one to suggest any sage advice. I’ll have to remove the mote in my own eye on that one first. 🙂

  2. Bernard, LOL! I’ve watched a view of the Scrivener videos. It looks like it may be the way to go for my ‘post it’ note obsession. *ggg

    As for over saturation, that’s a tough one to overcome, especially when the ebook sellers keep changing the algorithms. :-/

  3. Check out the snowflake method, too, that’s a great organizational tool. You can blend the too as well. I still have yet to figure scrivner, but snowflake helped me identify GLARING plot holes and character defects that I’d missed on my first few developmental rounds on my current WIP. Talk about lightbulb moments. As to review sites, Good reads. And I’m talking as a reader. I get a ton of great reviews on books which is how I’m picking them, and folks have found my stuff there. A lot of authors use it successfully. Personally, that’s my ‘where I go to read’ site, so I’m not doing promo there but the word of mouth there rocks. Lots of author friendly tools, or so I hear. 😉

  4. Ursula, I’ll check out the Snowflake method again. I checked it out before, but it wasn’t making sense to me. If it can point out glaring plot holes and characterization issues, it’s definitely worth a second look.

    Scrivener will have to be part of the process. I need something paperless and portable to use when I’m traveling.