I am writing this after reading through the forums on this, my third time trying to switch to Scrivener. At this point, I am not sure that it is possible for me to do, but just in case someone out there has the solution to my dilemma, I’ll post it here.
I am a novelist who has just published his first novel with a major publisher, and also just gone through most of the work on its sequel. Like many people, when I started writing I just fired up Word, because I had it on my computer. I used Notebook to compile my background notes for the series, but I did worry that my working methods were needlessly inefficient. By the time I’d heard of Scrivener, I had committed quite a lot of work to my current setup, but it’s features sounded so enticing that I had been considering manually transferring all my notes into the Research folder, even if it took me weeks to do. The whole system appeals to me immensely, since I have a horror of losing ideas or context as I work.
There is one stumbling block, though, and it’s big. My editor works in Word, and uses Track Changes. So far, in working with him on two books, I would guess the book lives inside the world of Track Changes for about half the development time. So what I foresee is that I could convert to using Scrivener (which would cost me a lot of time converting the notes), and happily work away… until I submit the draft. Once the draft it back in my hands, it’s a Word doc with tracked changes in it. After that, I’m not using Scrivener anymore, unless I’m missing something, and so for me, Scrivener could only be used for the first draft or two. Or am I missing a workaround? Please tell me that I am.
While it’s encouraging to me to see so many author testimonials on the site, I also have learned enough to know that Word is deeply entrenched in the big publishing houses. I wonder, then, if they just have more lenient editors - lucky them! If anyone has been in my situation - wants to use Scrivener, but has an editor who uses Track Changes in Word, and has found a way to effectively use Scrivener throughout book development, pretty please let me know, because my finger has been on the Buy button here for a long time now.