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To all the veterans

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Kissing my husband goodbye, circa 1997

Today I honor the men and women of all races, ages, backgrounds, sexual orientations, political beliefs, religions (or lack thereof), and even different nationalities who’ve served in the US armed forces.

I appreciate your commitment and sacrifice—and that of your families—whether you faced armed conflict or faced a computer.

Special thanks to my husband, father, father-in-law, and uncle.

Happy Veterans Day!

How to use Scrivener for NaNoWriMo (and beyond!)

When you need a break from frantically writing toward your 1667 words for the day (or whatever your goal is if you’re not participating in National Novel Writing Month this year), check out my post over at Jami Gold’s blog: How to Use Scrivener for NaNoWriMo.

I highlight my favorite Scrivener features for helping you stay in the flow, and cover how to compile your work when you’re done. Check it out!

And, if you’re in the US and you can, please vote. Ignore the exit polls and early returns. You wouldn’t quit a basketball game at halftime, no matter the score. Your vote matters, for you and for those who don’t have the privilege. Be heard!

Then, back to writing. 🙂 Enjoy your day!

Happy Halloween

 

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Happy Halloween! Are you a dress-up-hand-out-candy person, or a hide-in-/leave-the-house person? Now that my kids are grown, I'm the latter (yes, introvert), but I'd love to hear about your costumes, or your kids' costumes. 

Have a fun, spooky day.

Free Indie Novelist Summit starts tomorrow!

If you’re interested in finally writing, publishing and marketing your first novel, then keep reading.

Brian Berni, best-selling author and creator of Authorstech.com, has just announced his latest project, and it’s a going to be amazing!

He’s pulled together SCORES of the most successful names in indie publishing to share their best tips, strategies, and ideas for writing, publishing and marketing a page-turner your readers won’t be able to put down.

And it’s all coming to you FREE in The Indie Novelist Summit!

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You’ll hear the latest and greatest from world-class writers and publishing experts like Joanna Penn, Adam Croft, Joel Friedlander, Dave Chesson, Derek Murphy, Matt Stone, James Scott Bell… Plus dozens more, including me! 😬

Click here to get your free ticket!

Just in time for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the Indie Novelist Summit will take place October 17-21, and I can promise it’ll be stellar. Brian is bringing together the biggest names and most knowledgeable experts to share their best secrets.

And my readers get a free ticket!

Here’s just a small sample of what you’ll learn on the live masterclasses:

  • How to Master Your Mindset
  • How to Come Up With Ideas For Your Novel (That Are Proven to Work)
  • How to Beat Writer’s Block Once and For All
  • How to Market Your Novel Step-by-step
  • Plus much, much more!

If you’re serious about writing your first novel, this is a must-attend event.

Not only will you be exposed to tons of new ideas and strategies, you’ll also have the opportunity to connect in real time with some of the most innovative and cutting-edge thinkers on in indie publishing today.

Whether you’re a relative newcomer to the writing world or you’ve been dreaming of writing your novel for years, you’ll learn tons of new strategies to write, publish and market your first work of fiction.

The Indie Novelist Summit starts tomorrow, and my session is on Thursday at 6pm Eastern (right after James Scott Bell 😮).

I’ve already grabbed my ticket—get yours now! It takes less than a minute, and you’ll be all set to take your writing to the next level.

Happy writing!

Scrivener 3 Compile course is now live!

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If you struggle to compile your work in Scrivener 3, you're not alone. And I have good news!

My newest online course, Scrivener 3 Compile Mastery for Mac, is now live.

Want to know how to turn your manuscript into a Word document, print-ready PDF, ebook, or other file? This self-paced course provides the essential functions and features of compiling, and digs deep to show you how to customize your output.

By the end of the class, you will:

  • understand what compiling is.
  • be able to set up your project binder for best compile results.
  • know how to utilize section types for easier formatting.
  • understand the purpose of the Compile window’s sections.
  • be able to run through simple compile scenarios in minutes.
  • understand how to customize the Compile function for your needs.
  • be able to create drop caps, custom chapter headings, image separators, files for POD books, printed outlines, and more.

Includes:

  • 45 step-by-step lessons with screenshots
  • 20 instructional videos
  • Q&A with the instructor (either on the site or via private Facebook group)

Enrollment includes instant and indefinite course access. What are you waiting for? Sign up today.

You deserve it. 🙂 Happy October!

P.S. If you have a friend who struggles with Scrivener or compiling, feel free to forward this message to them. And if you have a lot of friends to share with, consider joining my affiliate program.