Welcome back to Not Enough Time in the Day and this week's edition of Writer's Words of Wisdom. I'm part of a group of authors who share tidbits of advice and experiences in the world of publishing. We've covered topics from creating social media to finding a publisher to how to market yourself and your work. We aren't experts by any means, but we do know what's worked for each of us and what hasn't. Maybe you'll be about to find some of our posts helpful or better yet, share your own experiences with us so all of us can benefit.
Now, formatting a book of poetry is a little easier than a novella or novel. First of all, there are no chapters to deal with. Each separate poem was it's own folder or file if you will. With that being said, it was a great way to feel my way through using Scrivener and figure out the features I will use the most. I was the most worried that I wasn't going to have a file that I could could use for Smashwords, but ultimately I was worried for nothing.
I decided to save each file for the publishing outlets as a .doc file. This turned out to be the best thing for me since all of them accept this file type and it is the one most publishers (like Siren Bookstrand) accept as well. Let me show you what some of the screens looked like for my first book file created with Scrivener.
The above is what I call the main screen or continuous screen. It shows all of the folders in continuous flow with lines separating the files/folders. If you look at the list at the left, it shows all the folders I've created including one for the cover photo, the dedication/acknowlegments, a copyright page for Smashwords and Kindle, all the poems and my About the Author section. Now I made a separate copyright page for each publishing outlet because they each need to be worded just a little differently. At the compilation stage, I can choose which folders are to be included in the final draft. Let me show you my favorite view...the cork board.
See the check boxes? This is the screen where you pick which file or folder will be compiled into the final manuscript. There are more options in the next steps which are very easy to follow by going through the tutorial. I even kept the tutorial open so I could refer to it when I was at this stage.
The next thing I think I'll try with Scrivener is to go ahead and create the EPUB and MOBI files as well as PDF versions. That way I can offer the books on my Sassy Vixen Publishing blog in order to reach even more people. Another idea would be to burn copies of these file types to disk and be able to hand them out at RomCon in June. Who knows? Maybe I'll even have an audio version by then!
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