Until now I have used Scrivener for small projects that in reality could have been written in a word processor, but I wanted to get a sense of the program and how to use it. I am a neophyte compared to most on here. So I ask that if you must laugh at my blunders / inconsistencies / gaffes, etc., at the very least, please cover the loudest snorts with your hands. :mrgreen:
Onto the next phase: I am using Scrivener now for a major project. One of my duties is to edit a bimonthly magazine. I am keeping the entire year of issues within one project, so I can quickly scan previous issues.
Within Documents, I have a folder called Yearly Schedule, and within it I have one document for themes for each issue, which includes deadlines for each phase. I also have a document with writers listed and articles they have written or will write for assignment. Then I have six more folders Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr, etc. Within each issue, I have a document for each page of the magazine.
As I receive articles, I put them into Research … obviously. Rather than move into the Documents folder, I copy them, that way I always have the original to go back to.
I have nearly finished all editing (and writing my own two articles!), and will send to the layout person. We have found that using Dropbox with individual files for each article is easiest (she is on Windows, does not have Scrivener, uses InDesign for the layout). So I export to .rtf, saving in Nisus Writer Pro, then copying to Dropbox. (I’m sure this can be simplified, but I need to make this work before I fine tune the process.
Just moving to this next step in using Scrivener has saved me considerable time. All my files are all within one application, easily found and rearranged. Whereas before I always struggled with getting to the articles, especially because people send in all kinds of formats. Even with writing guidelines, non-profit people still don’t get it — I am trying to educate them, but I have only had this job since March. Keep in mind until four years ago, this was done entirely with typewriters and paper. But now, it doesn’t matter, I just import the documents as they come to me, and Scrivener handles the rest.
Best of all, with this new setup, I find it more inviting to edit the articles, which means I can more easily meet the deadlines!
So, I am very happy with this arrangement, and look forward to improvements in the process. BTW, if anyone has suggestions, I am open to them.