Compile Your Book for Print
Video Course: 1 hour 57 minutes (16 lessons)
NOTE: All current videos were recorded in Scrivener 2.0. New videos with Scrivener 3.0 are coming shortly.
All students receive both sets of videos.
Save Time and Money
by Formatting Your Print Book
- 1USE THE TOOLS YOU HAVE
You're already using Scrivener. There's no need to buy additional software in order to prepare your project for print-on-demand.
- 2SHORT, EASY-TO-FOLLOW LESSONS
You're busy. You can't afford to spend a lot of time watching a lesson. Each video is ten minutes or less, so you can get back to writing.
- 3TAUGHT BY A FICTION WRITER WHO USES SCRIVENER
All lessons are drawn from my personal experience. You get to watch over my shoulder as I walk you through the steps I used to prepare my manuscripts for print.
- 4REUSABLE SETTINGS SAVE YOU TIME
Once you've customized the print settings you can save them as a compile preset. For the next book, just load the preset, tweak as necessary, and you're ready to hit Compile.
- 5NOT DOING PRINT BOOKS? HOW ABOUT EXCERPT BOOKLETS?
The course includes a bonus module on how to use Scrivener to create an excerpt booklet you can print yourself. The module also explains how to create an interior file for an excerpt booklet that will be printed by a professional printer.
10 Main Video Lessons
That will guide you step-by-step through the process of preparing your book
for print-on-demand services
Lesson 1: Housekeeping
Duration: 8:28 m
How to clean up your manuscript so it appears as professional as possible.
Lesson 2: Front Matter
Duration: 8:45 m
Preparing your front matter, such as your title page, the copyright page, and the acknowledgments page.
Lesson 3: Back Matter
Duration: 2:52 m
Preparing your back matter, such as a reader letter or an about the author page.
Lesson 4: Compile Overview
Duration: 7:23 m
Getting familiar with the Compile window. Print settings (not the same as page settings).
Lesson 5: Separators
Duration: 6:54 m
Telling Scrivener how to handle the transition between scenes and chapters.
Lesson 6: Formatting Part 1
Duration: 8:14 m
Formatting choices at the folder, aka chapter, level.
Lesson 7: Formatting Part 2
Duration: 7:42 m
Formatting choices at the text document, aka scene, level.
Lesson 8: Miscellaneous
Duration: 4:43 m
A brief look at some of the options that aren't as applicable to fiction writers.
Lesson 9: Page Settings
Duration: 9:34 m
Choosing your paper size.
Setting your margins.
Setting up headers and footers.
Lesson 10: Compile and Proof
Duration: 4:43 m
Hitting Compile, then checking the PDF for errors or weirdness in the margins, fonts, etc.
PLUS a Bonus Module
Six Additional Lessons on
How to Create an Excerpt Booklet
About Your Instructor
Why learn from me? I'm a fiction writer and Scrivener coach. Before I switched to Scrivener, I wrote my stories in a different writing-specific software that didn't have the option to create a print-on-demand interior file. When I exported the file into my word processing program, it took me hours to set up my print formatting. Those were lost hours when I should have been writing! Once I switched to Scrivener, I was able to set up my print settings and save them to reuse for the next book. Such a time saver! I uploaded the files to my print-on-demand platforms (Lightning Source and Ingram Spark) and ended up with beautiful, easy-to-read print books.
What People are Saying About Me
SCRIVENER HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON MY BUCKET LIST...
...but I thought I would never find the time to learn it properly. Already this evening, I've written 2,000 new words in the brand new file we loaded up in Scrivener. I can actually do this now!
Sharon Hamilton (New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author)
Vanessa is a fantastic teacher! She listened to what my concerns were and she addressed them all. She then let me practice what she had just taught me.
Scrivener is one of those things that many of us have taught ourselves how to use and there are far easier ways to use it. It was great to get a pro to show me just a few quick things to make my writing life that much easier.
I have been struggling reorganizing my novel in MS Word. If I bring it back into Scrivener with what you've taught me, it'll greatly reduce my anxiety. Really, Vanessa, Thank you.
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE
Try the course risk free for 30 days and if you're not satisfied, just email me and I'll refund your money, no questions asked.
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