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Tell a book by its cover You can create a PDF of your manuscript to give to reviewers or to send to an agent or publisher. They are not expecting a cover. When you create an electronic version of your manuscript - an eBook or for Kindle readers - the cover is an essential component. Indeed, if you expand the Front Matter folder in the Binder, you'll find that Scrivener makes recommendations...

eBook is short for electronic book The process of outputting to an ebook format is similar to that used for a PDF, but with a few distinct differences. Set up a new format and save in My Formats You will repeat this process (or something very similar) for each new format: Select File / Compile Click on the PDF format under My Formats Click on the + sign and choose Duplicate & Edit...

My guest today is Jane Rayner. I first met Jane at the Bridport Arts Centre - she was running a course on 'Developing an online presence'. I was so impressed with her knowledge of social media, but also how this impacts on authors, that I invited Jane to be a guest speaker for the Wednesday Writers in May 2018. Her workshop was so popular that Jane is returning as our guest...

Spacing can be vertical or horizontal I was delighted with my progress last week, but now that I scroll through again (happy with the placement of my headings and the pagination), I spot a problem. Problem: Rogue space lines There seems to be a larger than usual gap between the second paragraph and the third. The vertical spacing is not right! I check my manuscript ...

Lots of things can go wrong when you compile! It is wise to compare the output with what you have in your manuscript. Step-by-step with a non-fiction book In my non-fiction book EDITING The RedPen Way, I wrote my Introduction as a sequence of scenes, using the guidance given at the Self-Publishing School. I explain how in this post. The net result is that my document titles are part of the manuscript; they form...

PDF stands for portable data format One of the absolute strengths of Scrivener is the opportunity to output the same material to a number of alternative media - each one suiting a different audience's needs or preferences. One of the easiest formats to create, and the easiest to check, is the PDF. PDF is a paged format which - unlike .doc used in Word - doesn't rely on the page settings on...

Compiling is a straightforward process! Compiling is the final step in the self-publishing sequence. For many, it poses the greatest challenge - there are so many options, and the route to producing precisely what you want seems like a labyrinth at first sight. However, Scrivener offers so much in the way of default settings, you could produce something that's OKAY, without having to understand every nook and cranny of the options available...

Which styles are essential? Which styles you will need - your set of essential styles - depends on what you are writing: fiction or non-fiction, a script, and so on. Essential styles For any document, there are various types of material: Headings Text Special features The special features might be for tables (the title, column headings and entries), figures (captions), extracts (quotations) and so on. A designer (you, if you are self-publishing!) never knows, until...

To set up a new named style, click on the down arrow beside 'No Style' to reveal the drop-down menu and then click on Show Styles Panel. Clicking on the + sign in the bottom left corner of the Show Styles Pane and then completing the information requested will create an 'Editor style' (which is different from a Compile Style), and this new Editor style will apply to all your projects. All...

Building a style using named styles Within any 'style', there are building blocks. Scrivener offers a few named styles for starters. Click on the down arrow in the No Style box to reveal them. There are two main types (paragraph styles and character styles) and some are a combination of the two. This is explained in the Scrivener manual using this figure. Notice that, within each section, the named styles appear in alphabetical order....