I’ve recently come across what I think is a really useful author tool. Since I started writing books in the mid-90s, my process has been to do research, collect articles, create outlines, write, edit, identify graphics and images for possible use and perform other related writing functions. Typically, I keep a manila folder to store articles, notes and other material in, research on the Internet and copy files and domains for later reference, copy and write material in Word and save in files on my computer. Eventually, I take everything out and move it around as I write. Well, that may all be a thing of the past if the software I discovered yesterday works out as promised. It is called Scrivener and it can perform all these functions and more and is available in Windows and Mac versions.
To see the functionality for yourself, watch this YouTube podcast at http://www.literatureandlatte.com/video.php. There is a code for a discount off the purchase price at the end of the podcast, but it expired in 2010. Use YADDO to get 25% off if you decide to purchase. Once you view it or purchase the software, I’d love to hear your feedback.