Collaborating on a Manuscript with Basecamp and Scrivener

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As you may know, Writing It Right For You has a related company, Detroit Ink Publishing, where we work with authors providing ghostwriting, manuscript preparation, editing, and book formatting and publishing services. We also publish our own books through the Detroit Ink Publishing imprint.

We are presently working with four authors who are in various stages of book completion. One of our clients has a very large and complex manuscript that she had been writing in bits and pieces for several years. Once she started working with Detroit Ink Publishing, we were able to get all of those disparate files together and get focused on producing a completed manuscript ready for publishing.

As my client’s editor, I am using two of my favorite apps to accomplish this large task: Basecamp and Scrivener:

Basecamp is a project management app that allows me to include my client , my assistant, and anyone else involved in the project to become a part of the “project community” and share files, schedules, messages, discussions, progress reports, etc. Instead of endless email threads, everything is kept in Basecamp and can be accessed as needed by all who have been given permission. My client and the cover designer she chose for her book live on opposite sides of the country, yet through Basecamp they collaborated on several revisions of the cover until the client got exactly what she wanted for her book. I was able to follow the entire process in Basecamp without having to be directly involved in this part of the project.

I recently wrote a post about how I am learning to use Scrivener for virtually all of my writing now (including this post). For this large project with my client, using Scrivener has helped immensely with organizing, re-organizing, editing, formatting, and compiling all of the chapters, front and back matter, photos, and other parts of the book that will be included in the final draft. I can work with two versions of a file side-by-side, easily move chapters around or in a different order, keep all coordinating research and additional files in the Scrivener project for this book, and track changes and leave and respond to comments in the manuscript as the editing process proceeds. So much easier than trying to juggle all of those files and ongoing changes within a word processing application. Scrivener works the way writers work. It is not a “word processor”, it is a writing tool.

My client and I have been working for several months on this manuscript, and it is almost finished and ready for publication. Working together in conjunction with Basecamp and Scrivener, we are very pleased with how things are progressing. As always, having the right tools for the job make all the difference.

If are an author and you would like to find out more about how Writing It Right For You and Detroit Ink Publishing can assist you with your manuscript, contact us! We’ll be glad to talk to you!



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I LOVE (and Need) All of My Gadgets












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Everyone who knows me also knows that I am a true “Gadget Girl”…I work with a desk full of computers, tablets, and smartphones. I use Mac OS, iOS, and Android (sorry, Windows and Blackberry, I quit you both a long time ago).

Today, I am editing the literature review for a dissertation proposal for one of my PhD student/clients. I LOVE (and NEED) to use three of my gadgets to speed up the process.

  • In the middle of my deskspace is my MacBook Air, on which I am using Word for Mac to do the actual editing.
  • On my left is my iPad2, where I am checking the list of references that I uploaded into my Dropbox account.
  • On my right is my Samsung Galaxy Note, with which I am checking the references on the Chrome browser.

I save time because I don’t have to switch back and forth between apps and tabs on my Air. I save paper and printer ink because I don’t have to print out lists or copies of documents. Everything is uploaded to the Cloud.

Now do you see why I LOVE (and NEED) all of my gadgets?

After I finish editing this literature review, I will be happy to assist you with the editing of your academic documents. Contact me right away so that I can put your project on my schedule. I look forward to putting my gadgets into service for you!

Veterans Day and Memorial Day

The observations and celebrations of the two holidays set aside to honor veterans of the United States Armed Forces has evolved over the last two centuries. Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day seem similar, but have distinctly different purposes.

Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” to commemorate the signing of the armistice treaty that officially ended World War I. It was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. In 1926, the U.S. Congress officially recognized the end of WWI with a resolution that November 11 would be designated as a legal holiday. The day was officially named “Armistice Day”in 1938–the day was still a recognition of the end of hostilities for World World I, “the war to end all wars”.  In 1952, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, himself a decorated general and veteran of World War II, issued a proclamation declaring November 11 as “Veterans Day” to honor all veterans of all U.S. wars. Although Veterans Day was initially part of the 1968 Uniform Holiday Bill to make it one of four 3-day holidays, by 1978 it was declared that the holiday would be continue to be observed on November 11 no matter what day of the week.

Memorial Day was originally a remembrance for Civil War veterans and called “Decoration Day” because several women’s groups in the South decorated the graves of Confederate soldiers. There were separate celebrations for decorating the graves of Black soldiers in the South. In 1868, General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, first observed Decoration Day at Arlington National Cemetery; however, the South refused to celebrate with the North until after World War I. Originally celebrated on May 30, Memorial Day is now celebrated as a 3-day holiday on the last Monday in May, although there has been a bill pending in Congress since 1999 to restore the observation date of Memorial Day  to May 30.

Memorial Day is specifically designed to honor members of the Armed Services who died in service to our country, while Veterans Day is reserved for all honorably discharged veterans, whether their served during peacetime or war time, and whether or not they gave their lives in conflict.