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(Covering both the Windows and the Mac versions of Scrivener)
In this course for self-published authors I am going to show you how to format your own eBook in Scrivener ready to upload it to each of the major online stores.
If you know the very basics of Scrivener you will be able to follow these simple, step-by-step instructions to help you produce a professional quality ebook that meets the requirements of major ebook retailers.
Even if you plan to hire out the formatting of your books, it is important for every author to at least know how to do it, incase you ever want to make a simple change or update to your book after publishing — like adding links to your new books or website.
You don't want to wait days for someone else to schedule you in and charge you for each minor update.
First we're going to go over the specifications for the book cover images that you have to provide for display on the catalogue page on your retailer's website as well as for your internal ebook cover.
Then I'm going to take you step by step through the process of formatting specifically for ebooks — which is somewhat different from formatting for output as a physical document.
You'll learn how to generate a clickable table of contents and how to insert external links to your important places online like your other books and your website.
I'll also cover best practices for inserting images so that your file size does not exceed the limit imposed by some of the retailers.
Once your Scrivener document is nicely formatted I'll show you how to convert it to an ebook using Scrivener’s Compile menu.
Then I'll show you how to download Amazon Kindle Previewer and preview your .mobi file and Adobe Digital Editions to preview your .epub file before you upload them to any of the online stores.
If you're ready to format and convert your own manuscript into an eBook right inside your Scrivener software, go ahead and sign up and I will walk you through the entire process step by step so that you end up with a great eBook — but if you want to check out my teaching style before you decide, feel free to watch a couple of the free previews in the curriculum outline below.
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|Section 1: Introduction to Formatting and Compiling eBooks in Scrivener|
A quick welcome, and a synopsis of what will be covered in this course.
|Section 2: Starting off With Correctly Sized Book Cover Images|
Cover Image Size, Dimensions, Quality and File TypePreview
Current Specifications for Catalogue and Embedded eBook Cover
|Section 3: Preparing Your Scrivener Project Specifically for Conversion to an eBook|
Best Practices when Organizing your Binder for an eBook ConversionPreview
Stripping Unwanted Formatting Within Your Manuscript.
What to Add to Your Front and Back Matter
Images: Inline, As Title Decoration and as Scene Spacers
Formatting Front and Back Matter and Adding External Links
|Section 4: Compiling Your eBook For Export Using Scrivener’s Compile Menu|
Connecting the KindleGen Driver to Compile for Amazon
Compiling an eBook in Windows
Compiling an eBook on a Mac
|Section 5: Previewing Your eBook Before Publishing to the Online Bookstores.|
Download Software and Preview Your eBook on Windows
Download Software and Preview Your eBook on a Mac
|Section 6: Interesting Extras|
Prologues and Epilogues in Windows
Prologues and Epilogues on a Mac
Settings for Bundling Several Books Together.
Manual Tables of Contents
My writing life began when I decided to write a quick novel while I was between Interior Design jobs because that was what I had always wanted to do — Yeah, Right! It was a lot harder than I expected.
I bought Scrivener, learned a couple of the main functions and got to work on my novel. It was only at the end of the novel that I discovered I could convert my manuscript to .mobi for Kindle right there inside Scrivener. Upon closer inspection I discovered that Scrivener had some fantastic functions that I had hardly begun to tap in to. I was hooked. Before I knew it, I had told all my writing friends about this cool new thing and was offering to convert their manuscripts, and was urging them to switch to Scrivener in order to convert their own manuscripts. In my enthusiasm I inadvertently ended up being the 'the go' to person for their Scrivener problems so I had to learn Scrivener fast.
Once I delved deeper into the software, I could have kicked myself for not learning it properly in the first place. The time I could have saved! Don't get me wrong. Knowing your way around Scrivener does not make you a better writer — you have to learn that skill separately — but it sure does make everything else in your writing project easier.
The problem is, learning it all via the User's Manual can be time consuming and confusing so I found myself popping around to people's houses to get them started or taking step by step screen captures to email to them. This is no way to work, so I learned how to make screen capture videos so that it would be really easy to learn, and my writers could get on with the important work which is writing great content.