- Series: Absolute Beginner's Guide
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (July 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0789751453
- ISBN-13: 978-0789751454
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jennifer Kettell switched from being a long-time Windows user to working on a Mac in 2006 for the primary purpose of being able to use Scrivener for her fiction writing. Since then, she’s written several tutorials, given workshops, and helped many other writers adopt Scrivener as the keystone of their writer’s toolkit. Jenn is the author of My Kindle Fire HD, and has written or contributed to more than two dozen other books. When Jenn isn’t writing about technology, she writes romantic fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and recently served as president of her local chapter. Jenn has lived all over the United States, but currently resides in upstate New York. She loves to read, debate current events, and do all manner of puzzles, but she spends the better part of every day thinking of ways to torture the fictional characters who live in her head.
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Top Customer Reviews
1. I couldn't understand how Scrivener was different from my word processor. But he insisted that I "HAVE to try it!"
2. When it comes to software, I generally believe that "less is more." I'm open to new tools, but they have to really be worthwhile for me to jump on board.
3. Normally, I believe the best way to learn new software is to jump in and try it. But, since this is a writing tool, I really didn't want the hassle of getting a project started in Scrivener, then deciding that it's not right for me/worth the hassle, and then having to either suffer through it until the end of the project, or deal with an ugly transfer back to my trusty word processor.
So, I turned to Amazon and found this book. I read a couple of chapters and did a fast-read, flipping through the rest of the book. There are plenty of headings, screen shots, and call-outs that allowed me to absorb a lot of information in a short amount of time. And, there is *plenty* of information to help me through my sticking points:
1. Now I understand how Scrivener is different from my word processor.
2. And, I do see the value.
3. I feel confident about getting started. The book is organized very well, so I can continue to use it as a reference tool. Most of the call-outs describe special features, so I'll be in a position to make the most of the software for my next writing project. The information is very detailed, yet clear and very well organized.
In fact, as I flipped through this book, I found myself thinking on *several* occasions, "I can't imagine how she managed to keep this so well organized!" It's loaded with information, but all of it is laid-out logically, clearly explained, and easy to find. Kudos to the author for also managing the crazy task of communicating differences between Mac and PC versions of the software! Perhaps this is also a nod to the software. If that's the case, the author did the software justice!
Great resource. Can't go wrong.
Best of luck with Scrivener. It's a great program. It was developed for fiction writing but I use it for non-fiction, lots of research. I love it. It kind of thinks with you, unlike a word processor, which just records.