New Historical Romance

I have another cover that I am proud to show off. This is for a medieval romance by author Leigh Lee.

Follow her on facebook. She posts Rufus Reports often which documents her life with a new kitten. They are hilarious.

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This was previously released with another cover and I was fortunate that the author chose me to design an updated cover. Romance covers are so much fun to do. I enjoyed this process. It went very quickly and the author was great to work with on it. I’m pleased to be working on another cover for her next book coming soon.  This novel will be available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited soon. The print version will follow. Follow Leigh to get updates.

Scrivener Tip: Labels

Scrivener Tip : Labels

This tip is for Scrivener 1.9.0 Windows.

I confess. I have a label maker and yes, I label things. Even obvious things. It is no surprise that I dig scrivener’s color coding and labeling options.

Let’s start by customizing those default labels.

In the Inspector window (opened by clicking the blue “I” in the top right corner of Scrivener)you should see a grey box General Meta-Data. In that box is Label and a drop down box. At the bottom is Edit.

Scrivener Labels in Outliner Mode

To customize the labels, click the plus or minus in the pop up box.

To change the color of a label, double click the colored box next to the label’s name.

Customizing Scrivener Labels

For me, Labels are what a Scrivener Element is. This can mean and be anything for you. For me currently, I have Notes (self explanatory), Beat (outline notes describing the scene), Sketch (really rough bones of the scene written out in more detail), and Draft (nothing major missing and all gaps fixed).

My goal when starting my project is to turn the label colors to indicate Draft.

The great thing is, if as I go I decide those labels don’t work for me, I can change them. They can label the parts of the story arc, character arc, or whatever. I could have Inciting Incident, Midpoint, Crisis, Love Scene, etc.

These change with my needs as I progress through my writing. As I finish my rough draft and switch into editing I start to change my labels.

These labels aren’t only useful in Outliner Mode. The colors and Labels follow you through Scrivener. In the Cork Board Mode the color associated with the label is displayed in the top right corner of the index card. There are ways to change this too, but we’ll cover that later.


When you’re in a text file with Inspector displayed, you should see that same index card in the top of the window under Synopsis. Scrivener applies the color coding through the entire Scrivener project file.

The labels are a great way to organize your project. I never have to wonder how far along I am in a scene or where I need to focus my efforts.

My Publishing Journey – Part One

Crystin has been sharing her writing journey and now her progress from draft to published. I think it is insightful as she is sharing her struggles and mistakes.

Crystin Goodwin

So, I wrote, edited, and revised my first novel. What next?

Well, any good book needs a good cover pitch. And a good cover pitch requires the writer to condense their 70,000 word novel into a couple hundred.

It’s easier than it sounds.

I admit, this was another time I cheated and didn’t research as thoroughly as I should have. By this point, I was obsessed with the idea of holding a physical copy of my book – I didn’t care about the fine details required to sell said book. Big mistake.

The cover pitch is one of the major factors that draw in readers. It’s how the majority of readers decide whether or not they want open to that first page. As such, it needs to tell the reader what sort of story to expect while still leaving enough for them to want to read more.

My first cover…

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Scrivener Quick Tip

Scrivener Tip : Icons

This tip is for Scrivener 1.9.0 Windows.

One thing Scrivener has going for it is that it is highly customizable and fluid. It can adapt to an ever evolving writing style. As writers we have wants and needs for different projects. Scrivener can adapt to meet those needs.

In my writing, I typically use two POVs, one per scene. I customize the icons in Scrivener to indicate which POV for the scene.

This allows me to take a big picture view and see who is getting more screen time and I can adjust accordingly. It is also a nifty reminder so I am less likely to head hop.

I also have checklists and notes in my draft folder after each Act. These have their own icon.

If this isn’t your writing process maybe you can use the different icons to mark specific parts of the plot arc.



To change icons, I right click on the text in the Binder. Change Icon.

Repeat as needed.


You’ll notice I’ve picked the red and blue notebook to indicate the POV. Lectern to show my notes. I’m not overly picky. There are also ways to download other icons and add them to the collection, but I haven’t seen a need to do that. There are plenty of icons available. However, if you need some procrastinating ideas, search for adding icons to scrivener. Bling it out.




Scrivener Tip

Scrivener Tip : Targets

I personally love Scrivener for planning, outlining, and writing. The verdict is still out when it comes to formatting, but I definitely don’t know everything. While I get back into writing a new story, I’m learning what I can.

This tip is for Scrivener 1.9.0 Windows.

I am a fan of using the word targets. In Outliner view mode I set up the columns to display the word count and targets for each scene. Most other writers tend to do a form of chapter and scene type of layout, but it would still work no matter what layout you prefer.


This round of writing, I’m using project targets a little more. To access this go to Project – Project Targets or Ctrl + , (that’s control plus sign comma).


In the pop up box I have the estimated word count I’m aiming for with the story and a session target. The session resets at midnight or so I’m told. You can also reset it manually.

Scriv will track all your writing, even if it isn’t in your draft folder where your story is located. So, if I write in research it adds that word count to my session target.


UnBlessed now available in paperback!

Unblessed in Paperback

Crystin Goodwin

Stage one is now complete: the second edition of UnBlessed is available through Amazon and select retailers in paperback!

Let me just say that the cover is absolutely gorgeous in print. Like, incredibly gorgeous. Don’t believe me? Lookie:

New frontNew spine

Just look at that book: the colors, the design, the spine.

Now you can wait impatiently to see what books one and two look like lined up together … mwahaha!

(To be perfectly honest, I’m still waiting on the final proof copy for Fire. I had to make a few minor changes – but, oh, does it look incredible!)

Want a copy of your own? Visit my Books by Crystin page or click on your favorite retailer below. Hint: If you really want to support this starving artist (well, not starving – but I definitely want a cookie), use the direct link!

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EBook Sale!

Crystin Goodwin

As promised, day one of my Blessings of Myrillia eBook sale is underway! What better time to dive into a new fantasy series than when the first book is free?

I dunno, maybe when you can get the sequel for 99 cents?

Here’s links, descriptions, and pictures – just because. :D

UnBlessed – free!ebook cover - large

New Second Edition with bonus material!

Kisara Tenebris is a Melior: one of the elemental magic users that populate the world of Myrillia. Every aspect of Melior life is dictated by their Blessing, or ability, with the rarest and most powerful earning a spot on the ruling council.

Kisara dreams of the day she’ll receive her own Blessing and take her place among society. But when she’s unBlessed year after year, left behind by her friends – and the boy she loves – she can’t help but wonder
what she did wrong.

Instead, Kisara must discover…

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