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Isn’t it time there was a smart tool for us?

Be honest. How many software tools do you ultimately use to produce a book? And do any of them do everything you really need? We use one software to outline and write, but when it’s time to send it to the editor they’ll only take it in .docx format. Once you’ve gone word, you never return.

And then it’s time to let the beta-readers take a look, so that means uploading the manuscript to a different platform than the one you’re working in. Once you get their comments back, it’s time for split-screen because you can’t take those comments with you back into your text editor. Sorry.

We use yet another software to format our ebooks, and it looks beautiful—but what happens when you need to update your newsletter link, or put a new call to action at the front and back of your book?

We’re using too many tools, spread out over too many aspects of a project. And even if we get the combination just right, starting a new project means we inevitably have to re-invent our wheel over and over again.

We shouldn’t have to do this. It’s 2020.

Welcome to Scribi Writer’s Studio, A.K.A: The Future

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Scribi is the first full-featured web-application that can handle every aspect of book production, from your first inkling of an idea to formatting beautiful ebooks and keeping them up to date. 

It is more than just a place to outline or write. Scribi employs automation and smart integrations to save you time make your process more efficient, and allows you to refine that process over time, while offering a broad set of incredible features that will make your life as a writer drastically easier.

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Scribi is the first full-featured web-application that can handle every aspect of book production, from your first inkling of an idea to formatting beautiful ebooks and keeping them up to date. 

It is more than just a place to outline or write. Scribi employs automation and smart integrations to save you time make your process more efficient, and allows you to refine that process over time, while offering a broad set of incredible features that will make your life as a writer drastically easier.

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Underpinning everything in Scribi is the StoryBase—a remarkably flexible database system that contains everything about a particular story world. Not just story bible information like characters and locations. Your StoryBase contains ever series and book, the ebooks that have been compiled from them, your favorite ebook styles to keep your branding consistent, and the templates you use to produce books in that series.

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Underpinning everything in Scribi is the StoryBase—a remarkably flexible database system that contains everything about a particular story world. Not just story bible information like characters and locations. Your StoryBase contains ever series and book, the ebooks that have been compiled from them, your favorite ebook styles to keep your branding consistent, and the templates you use to produce books in that series.

The word ‘template’ makes a lot of people think about a Word template; a layout scheme for a document, like a resumé. Scribi project templates are not that.

Templates in Scribi automate certain tasks for you. They store your preferred workflow, your favorite resources, even your preferred scene and outline structures, so that you never waste time re-building your workspace. Even better, you don’t even have to build them yourself. Scribi will come pre-loaded with a number of templates for novels of different lengths and genres, and you can always export a template from a finished project. Scribi will record the tools you used, how long it took, and package it all up so you can re-use the same process again (and can update that same template as you work through it the next time.) 

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The word ‘template’ makes a lot of people think about a Word template; a layout scheme for a document, like a resumé. Scribi project templates are not that.

Templates in Scribi automate certain tasks for you. They store your preferred workflow, your favorite resources, even your preferred scene and outline structures, so that you never waste time re-building your workspace. Even better, you don’t even have to build them yourself. Scribi will come pre-loaded with a number of templates for novels of different lengths and genres, and you can always export a template from a finished project. Scribi will record the tools you used, how long it took, and package it all up so you can re-use the same process again (and can update that same template as you work through it the next time.) 

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Because of the StoryBase and how we store your manuscripts, we can do some really, well, novel things inside Scribi. Like allowing you to instantly build or update ebooks using our ebook block system. We’ll include some automated blocks—like a block to automatically include the first chapter of the next book in your series—and let you customize others, like your most recent call to action. Just drop the block in at the series or pen name level, and update all of your books at once. Scribi will automatically use your preferred ebook styles.

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Because of the StoryBase and how we store your manuscripts, we can do some really, well, novel things inside Scribi. Like allowing you to instantly build or update ebooks using our ebook block system. We’ll include some automated blocks—like a block to automatically include the first chapter of the next book in your series—and let you customize others, like your most recent call to action. Just drop the block in at the series or pen name level, and update all of your books at once. Scribi will automatically use your preferred ebook styles.

And of course, arranging and exporting a new box set will be just as simple. Drag the books into the boxset collection, add your front and back matter blocks and anything to go between the books, and voilà.

It’s not really magic, but it sure looks like it. 

 

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And of course, arranging and exporting a new box set will be just as simple. Drag the books into the boxset collection, add your front and back matter blocks and anything to go between the books, and voilà.

It’s not really magic, but it sure looks like it. 

 

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Building your story world can happen a few different ways in Scribi. If you’re the type of writer that likes to dig deep and build your worlds out before you even decide what will be written in them, you can do that from the StoryBase dashboard, where we allow you to create categories and sub-categories—like Characters who can be protagonists, antagonists, support character, etc.—and fill them with your character and setting elements to your hearts content. 

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Building your story world can happen a few different ways in Scribi. If you’re the type of writer that likes to dig deep and build your worlds out before you even decide what will be written in them, you can do that from the StoryBase dashboard, where we allow you to create categories and sub-categories—like Characters who can be protagonists, antagonists, support character, etc.—and fill them with your character and setting elements to your hearts content. 

For those of us who prefer to build a world as we write, you can use the @ symbol in any writing tool in Scribi to both tag existing elements and attach them to the current object, like a brainstorming question, beat, outline part, or scene; or you can use the @ symbol to quickly create a new element, and either sort and build it now or save it as a Quick Card and let Scribi remind you later on. This way, you don’t have to stop what you’re doing. 

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For those of us who prefer to build a world as we write, you can use the @ symbol in any writing tool in Scribi to both tag existing elements and attach them to the current object, like a brainstorming question, beat, outline part, or scene; or you can use the @ symbol to quickly create a new element, and either sort and build it now or save it as a Quick Card and let Scribi remind you later on. This way, you don’t have to stop what you’re doing. 

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But if it sounds like that will mean going back to each scene where you created a Quick Card to find out what you wrote about this new character or bit of setting, never fear. We thought of that, too. 

You can highlight text from any of the editor fields in Scribi and drag snippets onto Story Elements directly to create linked notes. If you introduce a side character on the fly as you’re working, just drag the description or a paragraph of their dialogue onto their quick card, and it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready to address it (like after you finish this chapter!)

 

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But if it sounds like that will mean going back to each scene where you created a Quick Card to find out what you wrote about this new character or bit of setting, never fear. We thought of that, too. 

You can highlight text from any of the editor fields in Scribi and drag snippets onto Story Elements directly to create linked notes. If you introduce a side character on the fly as you’re working, just drag the description or a paragraph of their dialogue onto their quick card, and it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready to address it (like after you finish this chapter!)

 

For the writer that likes to keep a schedule, Scribi has got some awesome features not available anywhere else. Remember Templates? They can store information about how you work, and help you populate a schedule instantly that includes every tool you prefer to use, so that you can reproduce your process with a click. Scribi tracks your productivity, and offers you a full schedule based on how you actually work, and taking into account critical dates and priorities with other projects (for those of us that can’t work on just one book at a time!)

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For the writer that likes to keep a schedule, Scribi has got some awesome features not available anywhere else. Remember Templates? They can store information about how you work, and help you populate a schedule instantly that includes every tool you prefer to use, so that you can reproduce your process with a click. Scribi tracks your productivity, and offers you a full schedule based on how you actually work, and taking into account critical dates and priorities with other projects (for those of us that can’t work on just one book at a time!)

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Of course, you can modify your schedules manually or use no schedule at all. But if you’re hoping to write a book a month to build your catalog, Scribi can help you get there by showing you what you’re capable of, and letting you set goals to increase your productivity, as well as let you set working hours and days (including days off for self-care!) so that you get a full, reasonable picture of what it will take to finish the next book. And the next, and the next—you can plan as many projects as you like, and Scribi will help keep you on track.

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Of course, you can modify your schedules manually or use no schedule at all. But if you’re hoping to write a book a month to build your catalog, Scribi can help you get there by showing you what you’re capable of, and letting you set goals to increase your productivity, as well as let you set working hours and days (including days off for self-care!) so that you get a full, reasonable picture of what it will take to finish the next book. And the next, and the next—you can plan as many projects as you like, and Scribi will help keep you on track.

Part of how it does this is by integrating with your smart devices. Scribi will release with a very simple mobile app for your Apple, Google, and Android devices that allows it to send reminders and updates directly to your device. This means you can schedule out your entire year, and Scribi will usher you along from one project to the next. 

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Part of how it does this is by integrating with your smart devices. Scribi will release with a very simple mobile app for your Apple, Google, and Android devices that allows it to send reminders and updates directly to your device. This means you can schedule out your entire year, and Scribi will usher you along from one project to the next. 

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Scribi Mobile will also help connect users for motivation and feedback. You can tell Scribi to automatically post an update to your writing group whenever you hit certain targets, like finishing a chapter or hitting a word count goal. Your friends can ‘like’ your posts and send words of encouragement. This kind of positive reinforcement has been proven to increase motivation and improve productivity. Plus, it’s just nice.

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Scribi Mobile will also help connect users for motivation and feedback. You can tell Scribi to automatically post an update to your writing group whenever you hit certain targets, like finishing a chapter or hitting a word count goal. Your friends can ‘like’ your posts and send words of encouragement. This kind of positive reinforcement has been proven to increase motivation and improve productivity. Plus, it’s just nice.

As a pretty cool bonus, only project creators need to subscribe for $6.99 a month to use Scribi’s author features. Collaborator and fan accounts are free, but some of the same social features are available. This means you can invite your readers to download Scribi Mobile and follow you, and set up automatic notifications when you start a new project or publish a new book, and even deliver teasers and excerpts right to their devices. Give Scribi your store links, and it can even put the link right in front of your readers, shortening the gap between ‘discovery’ and ‘bought your book’.

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As a pretty cool bonus, only project creators need to subscribe for $6.99 a month to use Scribi’s author features. Collaborator and fan accounts are free, but some of the same social features are available. This means you can invite your readers to download Scribi Mobile and follow you, and set up automatic notifications when you start a new project or publish a new book, and even deliver teasers and excerpts right to their devices. Give Scribi your store links, and it can even put the link right in front of your readers, shortening the gap between ‘discovery’ and ‘bought your book’.

Brainstorm

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When you’re ready to build and write your story, Scribi has a full set of development features available, and a vast library of resources to kickstart your process. After you’ve scheduled your project, take advantage of the brainstorming dashboard to come up with or flesh out your initial story idea. You can create your own brainstorming questions, download a genre (and sub-genre) specific list from the Scribi library (collected from expert authors), or even borrow them from a friend. 

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When you’re ready to build and write your story, Scribi has a full set of development features available, and a vast library of resources to kickstart your process. After you’ve scheduled your project, take advantage of the brainstorming dashboard to come up with or flesh out your initial story idea. You can create your own brainstorming questions, download a genre (and sub-genre) specific list from the Scribi library (collected from expert authors), or even borrow them from a friend. 

Beat Sheet

Once you’ve got the broad strokes of the story figured out, and even created your first few story elements (or added to your StoryBase if you’re writing the next book in a series), you can use our beat sheet dashboard to build or import a beat sheet that does more than just help you plot. Scribi beat sheets can store information about where in a story each beat will happen, which will come in handy for revision later on. 

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Once you’ve got the broad strokes of the story figured out, and even created your first few story elements (or added to your StoryBase if you’re writing the next book in a series), you can use our beat sheet dashboard to build or import a beat sheet that does more than just help you plot. Scribi beat sheets can store information about where in a story each beat will happen, which will come in handy for revision later on. 

Outline

It does that when you drag a beat from this book’s StoryBase to a scene in your outline (or, even better, re-use an outline structure from a template to get a head start). You can build your outline from scratch as well, of course, and work in a familiar cork board setting where you can rearrange your outline visually, or do it by chapter or by scene. Your StoryBase will be available at all times, and of course you can continue building it as you outline. 

Write Your Story

All the work you do leading up writing the book is cumulative, and everything follows you into our rich text editor. Your beats and outline information are all attached to their respective scenes, and the manuscript structure will already be built for you, with everything you need just a click away as you write. We even integrated the messaging system into the main workspace (which you can mute with focus mode, of course), so that you’ll spend less time away from the page as you work. 

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All the work you do leading up writing the book is cumulative, and everything follows you into our rich text editor. Your beats and outline information are all attached to their respective scenes, and the manuscript structure will already be built for you, with everything you need just a click away as you write. We even integrated the messaging system into the main workspace (which you can mute with focus mode, of course), so that you’ll spend less time away from the page as you work. 

Collaborate

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When it’s time to collaborate and send your manuscript to your editor, proofreader, beta-readers, or anyone else that you want to be involved, your project template can handle it automatically, or you can drop them a message in the platform, drag the manuscript into the message window, and instantly give permission based access. Collaborators will work in the live manuscript (and won’t have to pay just to join Scribi and work where you are); while anyone with read-only access, like beta-readers, will view the book as an ebook preview in a familair e-reader environment where they can tap their screen or click the text and leave comments you won’t have to go fetch when you’re ready to address them. 

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When it’s time to collaborate and send your manuscript to your editor, proofreader, beta-readers, or anyone else that you want to be involved, your project template can handle it automatically, or you can drop them a message in the platform, drag the manuscript into the message window, and instantly give permission based access. Collaborators will work in the live manuscript (and won’t have to pay just to join Scribi and work where you are); while anyone with read-only access, like beta-readers, will view the book as an ebook preview in a familair e-reader environment where they can tap their screen or click the text and leave comments you won’t have to go fetch when you’re ready to address them. 

That's just the start of what Scribi can do. For a more in depth look and to see Scribi in action, check out our feature spotlight videos. Each one explores a particular dashboard and toolset in Scribi, and you can see every aspect of how the application will work to help make your process easier and more efficient so that you can focus on what's most important: writing books, growing your catalog, and building your author brand.

 When Scribi is initially deployed, it will be a robust web-application that will work in your browser on a laptop, tablet, or desktop. A desktop version will be part of our first expansion. Scribi is a subscription based service—at first. Our five phase plan for growth includes an enterprise phase where we will be able to move to a subscription free model. The subscription model allows us to rapidly develop the platform and deliver more features, faster, so that your experience on Scribi is not only stellar on day one, but continues to get better and better over our first two releases. Subscription to Scribi will be $6.99 per month on a monthly basis; an incredible value for a tool that can handle your entire production process in one place. However, you’ll be able to get lifetime unlimited access to all of Scribi’s features, including those we release as we grow, by backing our IndieGoGo campaign at the $250 level or more. 

Scribi Writer’s Studio Feature Spotlight Series

Build Your Story Bible As You Work

Building and tracking your story bible has never been this easy. Although you can access the StoryBase back end and build your world a piece at a time before you ever start your story, we’ve made the process of tracking your story bible as simple as a few keystrokes, with drag-and-drop organization. Never lose track of a character, no matter how minor, and never miss a chance to gather potential plot threads. 

Scribi Writer’s Studio Ads

I’ve got a sense of humor, and if you can’t tell already I’m a storyteller! Here are a few of the ads we’ll be running to bring attention to Scribi both during the crowdfunding campaign and to advertise the platform when it’s deployed. 

Scribi: A platform so smart, it freaks itself out.

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