Using Scrivener to Manage Your Submissions

Using Scrivener To Manage Submissions

I don’t know if you’re like me, but if you are,  you have a file somewhere on your computer or in the cloud called “Essays” or “Articles.” This folder likely contains a bunch of files of more or less the same article, in various drafts and revised to the specifications of a variety of publications. And the folder is a mess.

It occurred to me that Scrivener would be a perfect tool for handling all of that confusion.

Here’s how:

  1. In Scrivener, click File -> New Project
  2. Create a new Project
  3. Select a “blank” template (you can use a novel template if you prefer)
  4. Name your new Project “Essay Submissions” or something along those lines.

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You are now ready to begin. You will need to first create a folder. Each folder will contain all of the versions of a particular essay you are working on.

5. Create a folder: Click the green + icon. You may need to click the tiny triangle next to the icon to create a folder rather than a file.

Add new folder or file
Add new folder or file

Within the folder, you will add a file (green icon again). Now you are ready to either begin writing or you can import a document from another program (ie. Word).

5. To Import a document from Word, click File -> Import -> Files… You will be prompted to select the file you want to import. If you select the destination folder you want your Word file imported into (left-hand menu) when you import, then Scrivener will import your Word file directly into that folder. If you don’t have a folder selected when you import the document will land in the “Research” folder.

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6. In the notes section of your new document you can record the details of your submissions: Publication, date submitted, response, pub date, etc.

Use notes section to record submission details.
Use notes section to record submission details

If your notes section does not appear, go to View -> Inspect -> Notes

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Setting “Notes” view.

7. Create a folder for each new article and then keep all the different versions of your article within the folder.

Happy submissions!

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