I just began using Scrivener and feel a bit like a religious convert. My life is suddenly so much easier when it comes to organizing my works in progress, my collections and even my published work records. I would have almost thought you had poets in mind when designing the software, but see that you left us off the advert “who uses it?”. Well, I do, now. And I am a poet.
Don’t miss a big market out there! Long texts - yes, of course, but those index cards and the “edit scrivenings” function make it ideal for poets working on a collection.
A preset template for poets would be a big help to show poets some possibilities for organizing their work. I had over 50 doc files on my computer that are now organized in 3 scriv files - and I can even store the pdfs of cover art and published manuscripts in my PublishedWork.scriv file.
I use snapshots and no longer have to keep track separate files for separate versions of a single poem.
I use labels to mark formalist work, free verse, animated poems, performance work etc. . . Status: draft, finished, submitted, published etc. In the research section of the binder, I have a table with publications that I can update.
My computers (because I use both a stationary and portable) have never been more synchronized or organized.
Scrivener makes backing up my work extraordinarily easy- I just drag the 3 scriv files onto a memory stick and I have all my new individual poems, a collection-in-progress , and a record of all my publish works safely stored or synced.
I also discovered that when I have a poem published and am going to move it from the poems.scriv file to the PublishedWork.scriv - all I have to do is drag and drop it from one to the other! (I giggled when I discovered this ).
Of course I will be letting my colleagues know about Scrivener, but you should reach out to the poets…