How do I permanently change my meta-data information? I want to change the metadata info so that it permanently reads with my author name instead of my real name.
For this specific piece of information, you’ll find instructions on what to do in §4.2.4 (pg. 24; ¶2) of the user manual. Basically you just want to make a fake contact card in your address book and then tell Scrivener to use that one.
For all other basic meta-data defaults, that is what the project template system is for. If you prefer to always use labels for review status, for instance, you can set up all those labels you always use and make a blank project starter for yourself. That’s the sort of thing you’ll be refining and using for years as you gradually grow into the software.