Staying Sane While Doing an Insane Blog Tour – Using Scrivener

4f665ebc-8ed4-4f00-b9d7-74f064619cf3And on another level, I might be insane for posting this BEFORE I’ve really started the tour, but, well, here goes. Maybe the title should be How I Think You Can Stay Sane While Doing an Insane Blog Tour.

Actually as I started signing up with different bloggers who graciously offered to host me for my first official blog tour, I did get a might twitchy. All those posts! How to stay organized! Well, I turned to my favorite writing organizational tool: Scrivener.

I wrote a post a while ago about using Scrivener for other things besides your WIP; in that instance using it as a writer’s toolbox. Today, I’m going to talk about how I’m using it to help organize my blog tour.

One of the things I’ve been doing with my project files is keep everything related to that book in the Scrivener file. So, when it came time to query, I created a folder and under it inserted related items I’d need at my fingertips, like the query, synopses at different lengths, the blurb, one sentence pitch, logline, etc. This was very handy when I was doing online pitch contests–I’d just go to that project’s Scrivener file and find the appropriate length, copy and paste into the contest entry.

So, it was a natural progression to make a folder in my book file for Guest Posts and add document placeholders under each for each stop on the tour. Here’s a screenshot for BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS:

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For the blog stops, I put them in order of appearance. Every time I get a confirmation, I put them in the correct spot, and also add the event to my Google calendar. I’ve even found an interesting phenomenon happening–I’m usually one of those people who seem to only be motivated by deadlines. I knew I should write a lot of these ahead of time and send them off, but they weren’t really due yet. And so it was hard to make myself do any before I really HAD to. But getting this set up, it made me feel like I had everything nicely contained and it then made me want to start filling it out!

The nice thing about this is that I can take snapshots of previous versions and export in whatever format that particular person requires. I can also quickly click around and copy an answer to an interview question that got asked in another. Same with all the little bottom stuff (bio, blurb, links). It’s all right there and I don’t have to try to remember which post had what and only be able to find out by opening every single Word document. As the posts go live, I’ll add a link to it as well.

For those using Scrivener, remember you can also designate what the status is, and then see an outline view–very handy to see what you still need to write, etc. For Mac users, you probably have even more options, like color coding the docs in the left pane according to whatever you want, like maybe a different color if you’re still waiting for interview questions, or still need to schedule a date, etc.

Anyway, that’s how I’m using it and thought I’d share for anyone else. Are you using Scrivener this way? If so, do you have any other tips? Do you use Scrivener outside the box?

Oh, and if you have any slots in January and you’d like to host me, let me know ;) Here’s a list of my current blog schedule.

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  1. It sounds like what I do with my files on MS word. How would it be different?

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    • Do you keep all of them in one file? I think for me it’s being able to click around and see it all visually in one snapshot, instead of having to scroll around (if you have all your posts in one Doc). But everyone’s different and what works for me might not work for you. I already had my blurb and links to buy in this project file already so those were also visually only a click away.

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      • I have a blog file. In that file are files for the blogs I post on my blog, my guest blogs and guest authors on my blogs.

        I’ve been keeping files on my computer for so long, it came naturally.

  2. Great idea…I’ve downloaded the trial of Scrivener but still don’t quite have the hang of it. This looks like a very useful application. Going to try it :)

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  3. Angela, this is such a great tip. I just started using Scrivener, and I didn’t consider this possibility. Thanks!

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  4. This is kind of brilliant! Maybe I’ll finally pick up Scrivener… Everyone I know likes it.

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  5. I haven’t tried Scrivener as I put folders on my desktop for projects.Ive been teased for all the icons on the desktop but I can (usually) find everything in its own folder. I’m tempted to try Scrivener for the actual writing but it seems complicated. And I did browse the spreadsheet blog for plotting –it was late at night and now I’m totally confused. Sometime in the new year I’d love to discuss it.

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    • I don’t think that spreadsheet will make much sense if you don’t read at least one of the books I mention, preferably Story Engineering ;)

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  6. Mary Roya

     /  December 12, 2012

    I took a class on Scrivener, but just haven’t had the time to really work through it. I’ve heard some really good things about it. There is even a book out call Scrivener for Dummies. It’s on my list to purchased. Great blog. Keep writing so I can keep reading.

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  7. Ooo, genius idea! Love it.

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  8. Great idea! I’ve been using Scrivener to keep track of new story ideas and blog posts in general, but hadn’t thought about organizing a blog tour like this. Love it! Definitely going to follow your example.

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