Tips and Tricks for Scrivener E6: Creating eBooks

Hi. My name is Judy L Mohr and I’m a
freelance editor with Black Wolf Editorial Services. Over the course of a
variety of different videos, I’ve been showing you how to use Scrivener to your
full advantage as a writer. Today, I’m going to show you how you can turn your
manuscripts into eBooks. What you’re looking at, at the moment, is the Scrivener
Demo file that I created back in episode 2, which was for Jules Verne, The Journey
to the Interior of the Earth. This is complete with the Preface and, of
course, our tiered structure. One of the first things that we need to do before
we create an eBook is we need to make sure that we have front matters for an
eBook. So if I scroll down here, we come to our Front Matters folder. we have an
eBook here. Under the eBook, we have our dedication and we also have our cover. Now this is a standard cover that they give you for Scrivener projects. You can change that and we’re
going to do that right now. So if I add a file… and I’m going to add this from my
computer… and I happen to have found to cover that at one point was used as a
Jules Verne cover for The Journey to the Interior of the Earth. So we’re going to
add that one. Move that up… And we are going to compile. I’m going to make sure
that we are using our Scrivener Demo and we are going to change this Front
Matters down here from Manuscript Format to eBook. We’re going to select the
eBook folder. So that’s changed out the title page that we had and it’s now
added in our dedication. We’re going to compile into an ePub. Now, when I switched it to ePub, we had
two extra data fields that came up here. We can now specify our cover… And we’re
going to specify the Jules Verne cover… And I can specify Meta-Data. I can leave
it to whatever is going to be for compile that is default, which in this
case, I’m going to do. If you remember, we had originally set this to be “The
Journey to the Interior of the Earth” and we had set this one to be Jules Verne.
So everything should be okay. From here, we’re going to go compile. And it’s going
to ask me to save it. Now, I’m going to save this straight onto my desktop and we’re
going to call it “Jules Verne”, just so i can find it. And let it safe… Now I happen to have on
my web browser an ePub program. So I’m just going to come over here and I’m going
to open up my ePub program… Drag that in… And so this will open up my eBook… And
there we go. We have our title page. We have some Table of Contents, which
the system created for us, and we can continue to scroll. There’s our
dedication. And here is our story. Now that’s an ePub. ePub doesn’t work if
you happen to have a Kindle, but that’s okay. Scrivener has an option for you as well.
So we’re going to come back to Scrivener, and we are going to compile a MOBI
version. Kindle (MOBI) is what you can upload straight to the Kindle site and
you can also upload it straight to your Kindle as well, and it will read it. So
again, we’re going to make sure that we’ve got the cover set… We have the
Meta-Data the same… And when we went to MOBI, we have this added option that’s
KindleGen. Now, this is where you can actually get the information that you
need for the Kindle Generation program. It will tell you everything that you
need to do. If you do not already have it connected into your site, what you need
to do is you need to click on this link here, and it will take you to this page. This page will show you all the downloads that you need. You have the
Windows, you have a Mac and have a Linux version. So if you are working in any of
the three versions, you’ll be okay. You download the appropriate one. Now I
already happened to have it installed on my machine. So I will minimize that for
the moment… And what you do is you say Change… and you tell the system where you
have that EXE downloaded to. Nice and simple. Some mine’s already there… Making sure
everything else is what we want. We have our dedication installed. We’re going to
go compiled… And we’re going to put that one straight
onto my desktop as well, so I can find it. And we’re going to compile… Okay… Now, I’m going to open it… This doesn’t always work straightaway
because my Kindle app for my computer sometimes gets a little bit kinky, but it
looks like it opened first time today. Move this around so we can see
what we’re doing… There we go… Okay… So I can move back to the beginning…
And there is our title page. And we’ve got our Table of Contents that the system
had created. There was our dedication and here is our story. So creating an eBook
using Scrivener is actually really easy. As long as you have everything already
set up, the system will do everything for you. I hope you found today’s video helpful, and I look forward to seeing you next time.

2 thoughts on “Tips and Tricks for Scrivener E6: Creating eBooks

  1. Judy if I compile in pdf for my ebook I don't think there is a way to get a clickable table of contents. Do you know if this can be done? Otherwise I would need to export to Word and make it there which I know how to do (actually Open Office).Thanks for the structured and professionally done videos. You're good.

  2. Hi all. Please be advised that this video will be redone in the future for Scrivener 3, but I'm waiting for the Windows Beta version to be a little more stable before I start the video recording process.

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