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Writers' Cafe / Re: Will KU authors leave KU for Wal-Mart?
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:04:40 am »
Well, this was a grand surprise to me today when I read this post. I had no idea that Kobo and Walmart were going to do business.

All the more power to them. My ebook and audiobook are on the Walmart site but quite frankly the Walmart search engine really demands that a customer know exactly what they are looking for.

But I applaud the market expansion and knowing how savvy Walmart marketers are I expect improvements.

In the meantime, and henceforth, I will stop making bad jokes about Walmart shoppers and gene pools. I apologize for slagging them over the years.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I hate TLA�s
« on: August 18, 2018, 07:51:06 am »
Lordy, don't ever work for the government.

Or healthcare.

They do looove their acronyms!

Agreed, but for my money nothing beats the military, any military, when it comes to acronyms. I was once in a meeting involving about fifty officers of four national armies discussing a new disarmament program. The first item of business, the very first before even setting out what the program would do and how it would work, was to devise an acronym. The discussion lasted ninety minutes with resolution.

I never saw the links either (adblockers etc) but I appreciate the quick action of the new board operators once they learned of the problem. Well done. It gives me confidence in the future of this board.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's the best laptop for writing?
« on: July 18, 2018, 11:06:46 am »
Now that is b.s. and I can't put that any other way.

Whoa, whoa. I certainly made the wrong impression there and I am sorry it upset you.
Had I been more clear in my writing, (and yes I am aware of the irony), I would have done a better job of linking a person's need or want for the official Microsoft Word in particular, but at the same time considering that a subscription fee was unacceptable.

While I did point out that there are free alternatives, perhaps I should have used more emphasis. And there is no doubt that MSWord is the publishing industry's standard which could compel some people to buy the official Word software, rather than something that is just as capable but not "official". Those same points also apply to Scrivener and Vellum.

Again, I am sorry that I was not more clear.

Writers' Cafe / Re: My experiece with Audiobooks
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:54:18 am »
I cannot speak for the quality of FindAway's process but I have heard nothing but good about them. I have been impressed, however, with their prompt and open communication whenever I had a question.

I used my own sound engineer and studio and did my own read for Cobra Flight. I went direct to ACX/Audible on a non-exclusive basis and then used my own files with FindAwayVoices. FindAway distributes to a lot of small, and very small outlets, but those are markets I would never have reached without their distribution network.

One thing they do that I never considered, is to distribute to public libraries around the world. I only get a handful of change so to speak when a library lends out Cobra Flight but it's found money, money I would never have seen otherwise, and I really like the idea of supporting public libraries.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's the best laptop for writing?
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:25:31 am »

All good points. But if I may, I do have some observations and clarifications from my personal point of view.

Are you only going to use it for writing? If not, you will find the choice of SW for a Chromebook is very limiting.

This was a fair statement up to about a year or so ago but the capabilities of the Chrome OS have been broadened considerably and developers have flooded the Play store with a bewildering amount of software. My needs were well met when the first of my four Chromebooks gained the ability to run software packages from the Google Play store as opposed to the glorified bookmark links to online apps. Lately, the very newest machines have the ability to run Android Apps and while I do not begin to understand what that means I do know that developers are scrambling to make use of the capability.

I can run all aspects of my small business off a Chromebook, write to my heart's content, and process RAW photo images using Adobe Lightroom Mobile without trouble. But, I cannot run Scrivener or Vellum off any Chromebook and I doubt I will ever have that ability.

Your points about Microsoft Word are fair and to the point, but Word is most certainly available for Chromebooks if you are willing to pay the $10 a month for an Office365 subscription. Those who balk at paying $10 a month for the publishing industry's standard editing and collaboration tool simply are not serious writers. There are also software packages similar to Libreoffice and OpenOffice in the Google Play store and some of them are free.

Pricewise, a Chromebook can be just as expensive as a laptop.

They can be but I think that the usual range is anywhere from $250 to $500 or so in North America. I have one of Google's expensive CB's that cost well more than a thousand dollars and quite frankly it was a vanity purchase and I really don't need its full capability. But, I have a $160 Chromebook permanently installed in my garage and although it cannot run the software from the Google Play store it is fine for writing, looking up vehicle parts and maintenance procedures, and general computer usage. I have two others that my consultants use and I think I paid about 500/600 dollars for them. I could have given them full blown PC or Mac laptops but we do a lot of work in humanitarian disaster areas and war zones and Chromebooks, apart from being fully capable for our work, are tough, simple to use, disposable, and will work for at least 9 or 10 hours without power.

Go to your local stores. Put your hands on what they have on display. See what you like and don't like. Then you can buy from them or go online and have a good idea of what you want before purchasing.

Absolutely. This in my opinion is the most important thing said in this entire thread. There are so many laptops and operating systems in the world because just about everybody has a different set of needs, desires, and ways of work.

And for anyone considering buying anything for writing, may I suggest that you try out the keyboards of any machine that catches your eye because that mind, body, connection or interface at the keyboard is really in my opinion the most important thing to get right.

Writers' Cafe / Re: What's the best laptop for writing?
« on: July 17, 2018, 12:15:13 pm »
On the subject of Chromebooks

I used to be leery of stashing stuff in the Cloud, always fearing that it would all vanish if something went wrong. But, after using Chromebooks for business and novel writing for a few years things have changed. I am now uneasy when I am writing on a computer that is not connected to the cloud.

Unless I am diligent about making second copies to an SD card or external drive I am risking that my one and only manuscript copy on the laptop could burn up or decay in a drive failure and would be lost.

Chromebooks using Google Docs, and several third party word processors, work just fine off-Line. You can write as much as you want far away from an internet connection without problem. There is usually something like 16 or 32 Gigs of internal storage in a CB and that would hold the content of a pretty big book library.

If you are using Google Docs, (a brilliant and Word compatible word processor) away from an internet connection, the moment you reestablish a connection the Chromebook will sync everything instantly with Google Docs and Drive.

If you are writing with a live connection then the CB will save your writing without prompting on a regular basis. It seems like once a second but that might be my imagination. You have the option to manually Save As to a folder on your CB in addition to the Cloud sync, and you can off load copies to an SD card or external drive. With GDocs and most of the third party word processors you can save in doc, docx, rtf, txt etc.

If all you are doing is writing and using the web for research, plus checking the mail, then as long as the keyboard suits you even the cheapest Chromebook will be just fine. Every Chromebook internally is identical in its operating system.

That is a terrific security benefit. If you lose your CB, or it gets run over, or stolen, then any other Chromebook can almost instantaneously recover all of your documents, photos, etc, plus all the apps and other addons you may have installed when you log in on another Chromebook, even if it is someone else's laptop, with your Google Account details.

A thief, unless they have been schooled in a three-letter intelligence agency in any country you care to think about, cannot access the contents of your stolen Chromebook. Once you shut down a Chromebook its contents are encrypted and can't be viewed without the proper Google Account password.

While you can spend a fair chunk of change on a Chromebook (I have one worth well north $1000), most are considerably less. Which means that a lost, stolen, or destroyed Chromebook is not the soul destroying event that the loss of a Macbook Pro or some other highly priced machine would be.

I don't mind it in the slightest. I've seen my paperback version being advertised for less than, and more than, the price I set for it. Since the sellers have to buy from CreateSpace if they get an order it will be at my price and I get my cut regardless. I just look at third party sellers as another form of distribution and another place where eyeballs can land on my book.

But, a few weeks ago I was bemused to see a copy of Cobra Flight advertised as "Used -- as New" for four times its retail price. I don't know what is behind that one, but it was oddly flattering to see.

I use this one:

When you get to the screen where your cover has been generated, there will be lots of mockups you can buy. If you only want the free one, scroll up to the very top of the page and you'll see a big yellow banner that reads "Download your free mockup".

Thanks for posting the link. I had no idea that such a service was available. It did a nice job on my cover. (I opted for the 28 image bundle and will probably only use 3 or 4 of them but the price makes that quite worthwhile.) Now I can ditch all of the Photoshop efforts that I have been messing with for weeks off and on.

Writers' Cafe / Re: On Google what?
« on: June 11, 2018, 12:34:31 pm »
Well...that's not hidden away at all!  ;D

Thanks. I don't feel dumb anymore.

Thanks for asking that question because I have been dickering around on that site for days and only managing to confuse myself.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Did you read any books on writing?
« on: May 07, 2018, 05:42:15 pm »

I'd suggest any of the compilations of Writer's Digest columns written by Lawrence Block, in particular the updated version of "Telling Lies for Fun and Profit".

I also find a lot of gold in any of the writing books by James Scott Bell such as "Plot and Structure"

Both gentlemen as more concerned with the art of story telling rather than the mechanics of sentence and paragraph structure.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Author Diary Vlogs?
« on: April 19, 2018, 09:05:26 am »
The idea is that I'd make use of my existing YouTube channel to do a set of vlogs detailing interesting factoids and behind-the-scenes bits of my upcoming work [. . .]  Just talking about characters, factions, their inspirations and the thought processes that went into making them.

Anyone tried anything like this?

Not yet, but about to.

In my other life I advise clients on communications strategies and one of the things I stress is the need to find as many channels as possible to get the message out. There is a kind of synergy that happens when several communications channels are being used, and not necessarily referring to each other.

A Youtube channel is dead simple to set up and recording what you want to say is not much harder with the technology we have in every camera and phone.

Searching on authortube will land you in the midst of a sprawling community of authors and writers of varying abiities but huge enthusiasm. Many of them repeat each other in explaining how to market books but there are others such as yourself who are more interested in talking about the writing process.

It costs nothing of course, other than production time. If you already have a blog it is a pretty easy thing to take the substance of a blog entry and use it as a launch pad for an ad-lib talk to camera. That would take just a few minutes and most of those minutes will be doing the mechanical work of cleaning up the video edit.

The same thing can be done for short podcasts. And of course, the links for blog, youtube, and the podcasts, become fodder for Twitter and Facebook. I don't know whether it is worth the effort to post into Google+ and I should pop over into it and see if things have improved. With a good image you can also use Instagram as a link springboard and also Pinterest, although that place quite frankly baffles me.

I tell clients that social media does not have to consume someone's day. One message a week in all communications channels works well. That shouldn't take more than a couple of hours, assuming that the, "What do you want to say?" part has been done. The actual scheduling and posting can be speeded up immensely for most social media channels by using a paid service such as

Thanks for that. Author's Central would be the way to go. Never thought about it.


I had Createspace make a paperback of my book last night and this morning it popped up on Amazon on its own page separate from the ebook. How do I arrange things so the PB & ebook are on the same page with the "Other Editions" button showing?

I am pretty sure that the title is exactly the same for both editions, and all of the book information, description, cover etc is the same for the two Amazon pages.

Or, is it a matter of being patient (hard to be) while the Amazon systems have finished their cataloging work>

Writers' Cafe / Re: Smashwords Ventures into Audio
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:47:36 am »
I also go direct for Findaway Voices, so the new announcement doesn't really affect me. I thought people weighing different aggregators might find it interesting, though.

I was quite pleased at seeing their announcement yesterday because I am just about to upload my files to ACX/Audible and have been casting about for other distributors. I like the idea of being able to easily play around with price and the chance to get into other sales channels. I had been under the strong impression that Findaway wouldn't handle outside produced audiobooks but the announcement specifically mentioned that it is possible. However, in playing around on the Smashwords website last night I couldn't find an obvious way of sending my files to Findaway. I've asked their support to tell me how to do it. It might be something really simple but I just can't see it.

What is the matter with people who goad a cover designer into a suicide attempt over a dispute?

This is just a disgusting situation and deeply shameful

Edited to change thread title. Drop me a PM if you have any questions. - Becca

In parallel with these suggestions, I recommend reading every Patty Jansen comment you see in KBoards, and buying her series of three Indie marketing books

I couldn't agree more. I learned early to pay close attention to what she says because it will always be straightforward, grounded, and right on point. And thanks for mentioning those books. For some baffling reason I hadn't known they were available until your post. Error now corrected.

Oh, and by the way, to stay on topic; Dawson's courses, and all the other stuff his group puts out, much of it free, is cold gold in a sea of misinformation and confusion. Well worth it.

Writers' Cafe / Re: 1 Week Training My Dragon
« on: February 11, 2018, 12:52:07 pm »
This is such a timely post!  I've been considering dictation writing for some time now, but which version of Dragon is best?  The basic Home version?  Premium?  Professional?  What are the differences?

If you are looking for a version of Dragon that is suitable for transcription then v15 Dragon Professional Individual is probably best, which is not saying a great deal.

I have been using Dragon in one form or another since the early 2000ís and while I have never loathed a piece of software more than DNS I continue with it because there is nothing else that will work as well for transcription.

All versions of Dragon Naturally Speaking have suffered from the effects of corporate eruptions, financial misdeeds, and a support team that simply does not give much of a damn. Yet it has succeeded in the market place because there is no, none at all, competition.

Now, it is worth keeping in mind that I no longer use Dragon for anything other that the transcription of recorded notes and long stretches of fiction and non-fiction writing. I use no other features and I never record directly into the PC. Accordingly, I cannot speak for how well the program does in other aspects. However, judging from the many negative reviews online it remains a shoddy piece of work that the company never fixes before releasing a new version containing the old bugs.

Version 15 came out about a year and a half ago with a revamped recognition system for transcription which did away with the need for profiles and voice training. Right out of the box I was seeing my handheld voice recorder dictations appear in Dragon with few if any significant errors. It also, for the first time, allowed transcribing more than one speaker at a time without having to do anything special at all. I am able to do interviews with more than one person at a time with little trouble.

The elimination of the need to set up individual Profiles for the different ways you intend to use Dragon is probably reason enough to upgrade to the latest version. No other area generates more frustrations with Dragon users than troubles with their recording Profiles. The new version is smart enough to figure that stuff out on its own and I applaud Nuance for getting things right.

I run Dragon Professional Individual (v15) for PC on a MacBook under Parallels  and Win 10. I occasionally use it on my Windows PC without trouble but 90% of the time it is on the MacBook.

That said, as is typical for Dragon software, version 15 was released too early.

One can, as in other versions, ask Dragon to transcribe a note from a recorder in the USB slot or from a folder. That works fine, but if it has errors that you want Dragon to learn about you must correct them in the same work session. One cannot import a transcription, disconnect from Dragon, and then come back expecting to pick up correcting where you left off. 

But new to this version is a feature that I believe used to be only available in the medical and legal versions. It is, for want of a better term, a stand alone batch program. This allows the import and transcription of many files at once and if you have set things so the program can use its own .DRA file format for use in DragonPad then you can come and go in different sessions making corrections.

All well and good, except that for a bunch of reasons the Auto Transcribe Agent fails to work, or stops, or sulks and quits without giving you a clue as to what went wrong.

it took me a while at the beginning to realize that to use the auto feature I had to, absolutely must, exit Dragon Naturally Speaking completely, and only then run the Auto Transcribe folder Agent which is a separate and incompatible piece of software.

Once the process is finished, you can restart Dragon and Import the .DRA files into DragonPad. You can also import RTF DOC and I think some others but corrections made in those files will not be retained and learned from in the program.

But one cannot rely on this weird process to work all the time. Iíve had countless times when everything just seizes only to start working again the next time I start the program.

The company behind Dragon has little interest in providing support. For some ten years I have emailed and called them about issues and either received wrong information, or no information at all. Version 15 has gone about a year and a half without any updates which is pretty typical for this company. I fully expect that when the next version comes out that many of weirdnesses will be retained yet I will have to pay yet again. The support materials on line at Nuance are a mess. A search through the Knowledge Base will return all sorts of stuff relevant to very old and discontinued products, or offer advice that is simply no longer relevant.

It is not at all hard to find many, perhaps hundreds, of reviews similar to mine. And things are much much worse for users of the Mac version, although I recently read that the latest Mac version shows some signs of improvement.

Again, my comments only reflect my usage which is for transcription only. And again, I have to say that the internal software for turning digital audio into print in the latest version is very good. But thatís like saying a Ferrari or Lotus are great cars, which is true, but only when they work.

A note on price. Search for discount coupons and price deals. Dragon is grossly overpriced and third part sellers can often offer good discounts. When Dragon Individual Professional, (the latest version) came out I was able to secure an introductory price of less than a hundred dollars. The going retail price is just short of $300.

One other thing. If you want to be able to import and transcribe your recordings do not buy any of the Home versions. That feature is deliberately crippled in Home versions, and I believe Student, and possibly Academic ó not sure on the later. Read the detailed features of the version you want to buy with care.

In my opinion, the best book you can buy about Dragon is Scott Bakerís The Writer's Guide to Training Your Dragon: Using Speech Recognition Software to Dictate Your Book and Supercharge Your Writing Workflow

Available in ebook and other formats

I have no connection etc etc

Fascinating.  Wonder how the guy who writes on the KayPro gets his manuscripts into submittable form?

Don't know if I am the guy. While I did the survey, I didn't mention the Kaypro, but in case it was me here's how it works.

First of all, I am a big believer in switching writing media and methods in the early stages of drafting and whenever the inevitable stall comes along. In my business and journalism writing classes I show people how to get past the blank page, blank mind, stage by turning away from the computer and writing on a paper pad for a few minutes, or change to a different computer in a different office for a few minutes, or just use their thumbs on a phone. It is a quick and effective technique for moving things along when they bog down.

While I don't use the KayPro a lot it probably gets a couple of good long multi-hour drafting sessions a month for either fiction or non-fiction.

The appeal of the Kaypro is twofold. It has the internet connectivity of a mud brick and it has the best keyboard this side of Suez since the IBM Selectric. It truly is a great keyboard.

5 1/2 floppies will hold way more than a day's worth of chapters. I write with PerfectWriter but I don't bother with all of the text formatting features, just the text. Wordstar or any other text editor would be as good.

Getting stuff out is a touch complex but quite quick. Essentially, I export from the Kaypro over a serial connection using Xmodem to a laptop with a serial USB adapter. From there it is a quick copy paste into whatever WP I want.

That's it, nothing else. I don't bother with print and I have a stock of old floppies that will last a long time.

One of the other things that I work on quite hard in my business and journalism consulting is getting across the idea that the writer should not be tied to a favourite machine, or a particular writing location, or a bit of software. It has to be about the writing and not the process. This is a concept that goes back to the early days of journalism when all that mattered was getting the story down onto something as quickly as possible and without all the prima donna wailing. I don't for one moment ascribe to McLuhan's idea that the medium is the message except in very broad terms so I think the whole business of which computer, software, location, method, etc to use is quite a bit of a side issue.


The developer of PageFour, SmartEdit, and Atomic Scribbler has just published a breakdown of his online survey of 740 writers, many of whom seem to be on this forum.

I am not competent to judge the validity of the survey and its analysis but I found some of the conclusions profoundly interesting. So, in the spirit of sharing information about our craft here is the link to the results.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Notetaking - help me improve!
« on: January 11, 2018, 05:14:15 pm »
Superb revision Skip. I am ashamed I didn't write it that way.

Well done.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Notetaking - help me improve!
« on: January 11, 2018, 04:27:45 pm »

There are some pretty specific techniques and practices you can pick up from the world of serious journalism, in particular newspaper and magazine journalism. I am a product of that world but I still use its tools and practices in my non-fiction and fiction worlds.

They are all founded on attitude, consistency, and simplicity.

The first thing to firmly grasp is that you will forget some, part, or all, of a thought or observation unless you get it down in physical form. Memory is as fleeting as summer lightning and it is all too common to forget the very fact that you had thought of something in the first place.

The second thing is that no note-taking system can be too simple. If you need to stop what you are doing to open an app, or fish your phone out of your pocket and enter its security code, or stop to find your special pen, or fire up a voice recorder, your thought is in danger of disappearance. As much as possible try to use one system only. Don't use Evernote, OneNote, Google Keep indiscriminately and simultaneously. You will lose notes.

Here is my system. Others will have better and perhaps worse but that's okay as long as you pick something and stick to it, making no changes to it without long and hard thought.

I am an inveterate tweaker and adjuster, but not when it comes to idea generation and note keeping. There is something very fragile about the process of getting stuff out of one's head and that process is too easily disrupted. So, stay away from trying Google Keep, then MindMap, then Onenote, or god forbid all at once. Just pick one and stick with it until you are sure of a need for change.

One of the writers I greatly admire is James Rebanks (A Shepherd's Life) who says he and his fellow shepherds in England's Lake district are pathologically opposed to new ways of doing things. "If you have done something on your farm the same way for generations then that is a good reason not to change." So pick something and use it without modification until you are unequivocally sure that change will help.

I carry a softcover notebook of about 60 pages that fits into a hip pocket. It is with me all day everyday. With it I also have a telescoping pen that also sits in the hip pocket. The Spacepen is the right size but the Zebra is fine too. You could also have a cut down pencil if that is your preference. But the point is that the notebook and the pen are always together. The type of notebook is immaterial. Don't get bogged down in finding the perfect notebook. Anything that fits into a pocket is fine. There is one exception. If you will be jotting notes in inclement weather or near water then use a notebook made with waterproof paper. The one I use is made by Rite in the Rain.

Date, timestamp, and record your location. This does not have to be the first thing you jot. I tend to add it last to make sure that I am not going to miss getting all of my thought down cleanly.

Write the thought in one simple sentence or a decent sentence fragment. Then, tag on any context, color, or subsidiary thoughts. Don't worry about handwriting, in fact it is good practice not to even look at the paper while you are jotting.

When you open your notebook, don't try to find the next available page or section of page, just open it at random, give it a quick glance to make sure that you have a clear space to write, and then charge ahead. You must always try to make sure that nothing gets between the still bubbling thought in your brain and the words on the paper.

The next step, and it can be done quite some time after the actual note taking, is to make a Table of Contents entry.

I number all the pages in my notebook. When the note is done I flip to the first page and on its own line I put down the page number where I randomly dumped the note. Then I give it some sort of title so I can refer to it later. A primitive TOC will make finding and using your note a lot easier.

It is really important to get these notes into a more formal record keeping system before they turn into cryptic messages from an alien underworld. So, as soon as you can it is best to put them into your favourite computerized data system, be it Evernote, One Note or whatever, it really doesn't matter what you use as long as you only use one.

For longer notes, or perhaps even full scenes in a book manuscript, you can use a portable voice recorder and then import them as text files using one of the Dragon Naturally Speaking editions that supports transcription, not all do. Using a voice recorder is superb for describing a location you might want to use in a story, or to get down as much complicated detail that you think you will need.

A variation on that technique is to hit the video button on your phone and visually record your surrounding as you describe the scene.

A different system might be necessary when working right at your computer. It may be best to pop open your database program and type out a note, but be wary that you don't get shunted down a rabbit hole. I keep my little notebook right next to my mouse or I reach for the voice recorder.

A lot of people have asked me about the idea of learning shorthand for note taking. My answer is, don't bother. I learned shorthand as a young reporter and use it still but it is of limited use to the fiction writer. There are rather simple techniques for what is called speed writing and you could look into them if you are interested. I'll bet there are speed writing book courses on amazon.

The main thing is, have a way of getting that thought out of your head as quickly as possible, with the least technical effort (find app, open, menu / make new note  --- forgot what the hell I was going to say) and store it in one repository so you can review it later.

By simplifying and shortening that connection between thought and written note you will dramatically improve your abilities.

Keep in mind that if the phrase, "That's a good idea. I must remember to make a note of that." flits through your head then it is as good as dead. Don't think, just get it down on paper or on tape.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Keyboard cover for the Alphasmart Neo?
« on: December 21, 2017, 12:38:05 pm »
I really do not think that you have to worry about the NEO. After all, it was designed for use by grade school students.

I have two, 3 and 2 years old. They have both traveled extensively including to the dustiest place on earth, Afghanistan, for several assignments and there have been no problems.

The vacuum cleaner idea is sound, so is turning it upside down and shaking. The screen looks to be pretty tough (remember the kids?) so no worries there.

As for a carrying around case. You can buy a sleeve or something but quite frankly a padded mailing envelope is ideal because it is cheap, and no idle thief would ever think to swipe it.

Writers' Cafe / Audiobook trends for 2018 report
« on: December 18, 2017, 10:07:57 am »
  Michael Kozlowski at has just published a vast and detailed report on the state of the audiobook industry. Among the many startling facts is that major publishers no longer negotiate audio rights as a separate thing. No audio rights - no book contract.

Writers' Cafe / A Poor Person's Scrivener
« on: December 11, 2017, 05:29:12 pm »

(I have no connection with this company other than as a customer)

For anyone looking for a dirt cheap, and much simpler, Scrivener for Windows, the maker of PageFour has set it free.

It is a distraction free writing tool that uses the same concept as Scrivener, allowing for the ability to work on discrete scenes instead of in just one giant manuscript file. It is also a lot easier to wrangle than Scrivener which has a reputation with some people (not me) as being too complicated.

The developer says it is now too old (12 years), clunky, and he wants to concentrate on his much newer AtomicScribbler for fiction writers only. (Windows only $47)

PageFour is lean, mean, and efficient. I've used it for years and so apparently have some 11 thousand other writers.

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