Your Scrivener Questions On Compiling Answered

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Notes

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The first step is to make sure you have your binder setup this way:

Use folders to separate chapters and list scenes or text files as sub-levels

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Fill out any front matter pages that you plan on using.

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Import your book cover art into the research folder.

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To import your cover art > locate it on your computer and simply drag and drop it into your research folder.

 

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Now we are ready to start compiling.

Choose File > Compile

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This is the first screen you will see. Don’t be intimidated. We will walk through each section step-by-step

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First of all make sure you change the “Compile For” option to Kindle eBook or Epub eBook. In this example I will be working through the Kindle eBook option.

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Now lets start making our way through the compile options:

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Contents

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The contents section shows you everything that is going to be included in your eBook. Here you have the option to include everything or only the sections you want. By default Scrivener checks everything.

 

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This is also where you can add your front matter. Notice the small button towards the bottom of the compile screen. If you are including front matter make sure you check this box. This will pull the front matter from the information you filled out in the binder. You then have the option of telling Scrivener which folder to use such as Manuscript or Paperback

 

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Notice in this example I chose the Paperback Novel folder and it automatically added the front matter to the beginning of my project. If there is anything you do not want included simply un-check the include box. For example I have un-checked the Blank Page below.

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Separators

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The Separators tab gives you several options to play. Most of these will depend on how you have your binder setup.

 

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In this example I am only going to change one thing. The Text separator option allows you to customize what will be shown between to separate text documents. See the example below:

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Cover

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The Cover tab allows us to pull in the cover art that we added to our project in an earlier step. Simply click the pop up menu and select the cover add you plan to use.

 

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Formatting

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There are many different options to play with in the formatting tab. The key things to remember here

1.These options will depend on how you have your binder setup. Notice how the levels correspond to the hierarchical structure in the binder.

2. Clicking on each individual level will allow you to see a preview in the editor and make changes to that level.

3. These changes will be directly effecting the look and feel of the the table of contents and the text throughout your eBook.

 

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In this example I am un-checking the Title box in Level 1+.

The reason I am doing this is because Scrivener by default automatically numbers the chapters in the table of contents. If I left this box checked at this point I would have a table of contents that looked like this:

Chapter One – Chapter 1

Chapter Two – Chapter 2

Chapter Three – Chapter 3

So by un-checking this box it will eliminate the second set of Chapter 1,2,3 etc.

 

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The other thing I am changing in the Formatting options is the page padding. The page padding determines how many blank lines are inserted above the text when it starts a new page. See the example below. I’ve set mine to 6.

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Title Adjustments

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I am not changing anything in this section.

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Layout

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If you want the table of contents to be “clickable” make sure you have the “Generate HTML table of Contents box checked. I also like my table of contents to be centered so I have checked that box as well. This is optional, however, and up to your own personal preference.

 

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Transformations

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I am not changing anything in this section.

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HTML Settings

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I make sure the “Convert Scrivener links to HTML links” box is checked.

 

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Replacements

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I am not changing anything in this section.

 

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Statistics

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I am not changing anything in this section.

 

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Tables

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 I am not changing anything in this section.

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Footnotes / Comments

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I am not changing anything in this section because I am not including footnotes etc.

 

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Meta-Data

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This is where you can fill in all the information about your eBook including the ISBN if you have one.

 

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KindleGen

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You will only need this tool if you are exporting to the Kindle .mobi format. Scrivener gives you a link where you can download the tool if you don’t already have it.

 

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Now we are ready to compile, Yay!

Click the Compile button > Then name and save your file somewhere you will remember.

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If you want to preview how your eBook is going to look on Kindle devices open up the Kindle Previewer app now.

 

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Once opened click on the “Open Book” button.

 

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Navigate to the .mobi file on your computer and select open.

 

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This should now bring up the contents of your book. In the example below I have clicked on the table of contents icon to preview the table of contents setup.

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To navigate through the pages of your eBook click the various buttons on the Kindle Previewer toolbar.

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This eBook is good to go!

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