Scrivener is a document processor that has been popular with some Mac authors for several years.
Yesterday, Scrivener released its first Windows version. A free trial download is available and the Windows release sells for for $40.
From Scrivener’s website:
Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.
Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys until you’re done. Collecting research, ordering fragmented ideas, shuffling index cards in search of that elusive structure—most writing software is fired up only after much of the hard work is over. Enter Scrivener: a word processor and project management tool that stays with you from that first, unformed idea all the way through to the final draft. Outline and structure your ideas, take notes, view research alongside your writing and compose the constituent pieces of your text in isolation or in context. Scrivener won’t tell you how to write—it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application.
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Scrivener provides all the tools you need to prepare your manuscript for submission or self-publishing. Once you’re ready to go, control everything from how footnotes, headers and footers appear to fine-tuning the formatting of each level of your draft—or keep it simple by choosing from one of Scrivener’s convenient presets. Print a novel using standard manuscript formatting. Export your finished document to a wide variety of file formats, including Microsoft Word, RTF, PDF and HTMLmaking it easy to share your work with others. Or self-publish by exporting to ePub or Kindle* formats to share your work via iBooks or Amazon, or for reading on any e-reader.
* Requires KindleGen.
Link to the rest at Scrivener with lots of videos demonstrating the software.
One claim Scrivener makes is that generating epub and Kindle files for ebook publishing is dead simple. That might make authors who are frustrated with the process of getting their books from MS Word to ebook formats take notice.
Passive Guy has never used Scrivener, so he doesn’t have hands-on experience. He does know some Scrivener users visit The Passive Voice regularly and invites them to share their experiences in the Comments.