How to Compile a Sparkling mobi in Scrivener for Windows

Recently I wrote a post showing how I compile my ebooks in Scrivener on the Mac. A few authors emailed me wondering if I’d create the same post for Windows users, since Scrivener for Windows is a little different than Scrivener for the Mac.

So here it is—how to create a simple but clean version of a kindle ebook using Scrivener for Windows. And by the way, I’m using Scrivener version 1.6.10 on a laptop running the home edition of Windows 7.

more here - Susan Russo Anderson – How to Compile a Sparkling mobi in Scrivener for Windows.

How to Create a Dazzling mobi Using Scrivener

Make sure you have your manuscript formatted in Scrivener. I suggest using very simple formatting.

Before you start the compile process, download KindleGen. Here’s the download link. Check the “I agree to terms of use” and download the version you need. You’ll need to unzip it. But you’re not going to use it—Scrivener is. Just be able to find it on your computer because you’ll need to point to it in Scrivener in order to complete your compile. And BTW, you just need to do this once: Scrivener remembers it on future .mobi compiles.

more here - Susan Russo Anderson – How to Create a Dazzling mobi Using Scrivener.

Scrivener tip (Mac) – Project & Document Notes

In a project of any length you’ll probably need to make notes along the way: things to look up or consider, little reminders, thoughts etc. Scrivener provides two ways to do this: Document Notes and Project Notes.

Both types of note are visible in the lower half of the Inspector pane. By default, when selecting an individual document in the Binder the Document Notes option is open, clearly distinguished by its yellow background – a bit like a sticky note, see? So if your note relates to this particular document, type it here. Great.

But things can get complicated.

more here - via Scrivener tip (Mac) – Project & Document Notes | Martin Sketchley.

What to do when Scrivener hangs during “Compile” – “Converting file format …”

I’m currently writing a short booklet on … well, writing. After doing the outline with Circus Ponies Notebook I’m using Scrivener to write the text itself (find out why it is way, way better than Word in this posting).

Unfortunately, Scrivener started to hang during the “Compile” – “Converting file format …” when I wanted to check whether the references I added with Papers 2 did work. Given that there were some other problems (e.g., some templates had missing images in the dialog box) and a restart did not work, I downloaded the program again and reinstalled it.

So far, it seems to work well — and it serves as a nice reminder that:

working with digital media, no matter how fast and how far we can go beyond what our bodies came wit, is always prone to errors (i.e., make backups and keep the old backups to have a fallback if the data is not only lost but corrupted)

it’s always helpful to have the installation files handy, in case something happens to your installation.

And yes, the references with Papers 2 seem to work, but that is something for another posting.

via What to do when Scrivener hangs during “Compile” – “Converting file format …” (error) | ORGANIZING CREATIVITY.

Best Writing Tool in the Author Utility Belt

Today we’re going to talk about a writing tool that changed the way I write (and maybe even my life):

SCRIVENER (!!!) Keep in mind when I talk about Scrivener, I’m only referring to how I use it to produce my novels. There are lots of other options – Non-Fiction, Scriptwriting, Poetry and Lyrics – but I am unfamiliar with those steps. I’m in no way an affiliate, either – strictly a fiction indie author who highly recommends this program to interested writers.

Now, for today’s lesson, I’m using screenshots I took of my second book, Witch Hearts, as well as a shot of the upcoming second Donovan Circus book. (No spoilers.) Keep in mind in mind these are notes for your own reference, so you can put in whatever information you want; readers aren’t going to see this show up in your published books.

via Scrivener: Best Writing Tool in the Author Utility Belt | Liz Long.

Scrivener Is Your Friend

One of the greatest benefits [of Scrivener] … is the ability to compile the book into an ebook without having to export to another program. I’ve read enough horror stories to know people have a hell of a time changing a writing document into the ebook format (.mobi, .epub, etc.), and was really glad I didn’t have to go through all that trouble when I bought Scrivener.

via Scrivener Is Your Friend | Heidi Willard | Young Adult Fiction Author.

Using Scrivener and iBooks Author to Create an iTunes iBook

As many of you know, I absolutely love Scrivener, which is in many ways so much more than a word processor.  If you are a do-it-yourself publisher and just want to publish a book through iTunes, you will need a couple of things first:

1. An iTunes sales account.  Sign up here.

2. Scrivener for Mac or for PC – note, this tutorial is for the Mac version, but the PC version is not much different.

3. iBook Author and iTunes Producer.  Both are free apps/programs, however, there are not currently PC versions of these programs, so as I type this post this tutorial will only be for Mac.  My apologies to my PC friends.  PC users will have to create a stripped down Word version that can then be uploaded to Smashwords and then people can buy your book or get it for free, your choice from Smashwords.  For more information about uploading to Smashwords so that customers with iPads and iPhones can read your book, check this site.

4. An ISBN number.  There are a couple of options here:

via Using Scrivener and iBooks Author to Create an iTunes iBook « Writing Is Hard Work.

Scrivener, Two Months Later

Back in June, I published several posts on my experience with Scrivener (here, here, here, and here). At that time, I was still in my trial period phase with Scrivener and mostly I had imported a small project and done some tinkering.

Since then, I’ve purchased Scrivener and done several full-length projects, including some novellas, short stories, and novelettes. And I’ve come to a couple of conclusions.

via There’s a Body in the Library: Scrivener, Two Months Later.

iHubbub Review For The Home Business Network

I’d heard a lot about Scrivener, mostly that it’s a brilliant, flexible package for writers and authors to help manage the creative process from start to finish, keep all notes and research ideas grouped together and let the creative juices start flowing.

So I dived and gave it a try.

If you’re working on any material, from books to screenplay and feel frustrated with Word or whatever software you’re using [maybe OneNote to keep your bits and bobs handy] you have just got to move over to Scrivener.

via Scrivener Writing Software | iHubbub Review For The Home Business Network.