FORMAT E-BOOKS WITH SCRIVENER THE EASY WAY

ETA: This post is NOT for Scrivener 3. I find Scrivener 3 to be quite nearly impossible to compile. In fact, I now use Scrivener to draft and Jutoh to format. I’ve written about the process here. But if you have an earlier version of Scrivener, this should still work:

Well, it’s the easiest way I’ve ever found, anyway. I type each chapter to look as I’d like it to as I write the manuscript. Then, when I compile, I basically uncheck everything that’s pre-checked by the program, telling it to simply format according to the way each chapter already appears.

Clear as mud? Here it is step-by-step:

  1. Make sure your chapters are all typed up the way you’d like them to look. Simpler’s generally better for e-books. (Here, I’ve simply bolded the chapter number, and made the first line of the chapter flush left.) Also, I arrange all my chapters in the binder as far left as they’ll go.

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2. Open the compile dialogue box, and make sure to click all the chapters you want to include under “Contents.”

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3.  Under “Separators,” choose “Page Break” for each option.

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4. Under “Formatting,” Uncheck all the “Title” options and check “Text.”

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5. Unclick “Override text and notes formatting.”

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6. Unclick everything under “Options.”

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7. Click “Level 1+,” then set “Page Padding” down to 0 lines and under “Section Layout,” delete all the Chapter information.

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8. Repeat Step #7 for all Levels.

8 repeat for all levels

9. Unclick everything under “Transformations.”

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10. In the “Compile” dialogue, add your cover.

10 add your cover

11.  Also in the Compile dialogue, fill out the Meta Data.

10 fill out your metadata

Make sure you’ve chosen the right type of file to compile into (.mobi, .epub), then click “Compile” at the bottom of the dialogue box.

Done!

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