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Scrivener for Dummies

My First Book!

Turns out I'm getting published this year [insert high-pitched scream of excitement and goofy dance here] but my first book will not be a romantic suspense. In keeping with my techie background, it will instead be a guide to–you guessed it–Scrivener.

Scrivener For Dummies, in fact, published by those fabulous folks at John Wiley & Sons. It's pretty crazy to get a phone call from a publisher to accept your proposal, and then walk upstairs where you have a small collection of those catchy yellow and black books, knowing one will soon be yours.

I'm still kind of in a state of shock over it–as well as author deadline panic–but I'm definitely euphoric.

I can't wait to share my first print baby with you sometime in the fall (most likely Sept/Oct)!

UPDATE: The book is due out mid-August.

Tell your friends!


  1. Joan Oltman


    Wonderful Gwen! I’ve really loved your on-line course and will await the book with great excitement.

  2. Beth Trembley


    I have pre-ordered. The online class was amazing, so I have great confidence the book will be fantastic as well.

  3. staceyuk


    Hi Gwen,

    Will the book cover both OS versions thus far? Congratulations on getting the go ahead!

    • Reply

      stacyuk: It will cover the Mac version, with notations where Windows differs. The thinking is that eventually, Windows will catch up. Thanks!

  4. Em


    Omigosh!! *HUGS* That’s fabulous! And I am so happy for you! And you know I’m buying one! *snoopy dancing* Congrats!

  5. Reply

    Woo Hoo!!!! That’s awesome, Gwen!! So happy for you. Today a tech publication, tomorrow a fiction publication. Enjoy every step of the journey!

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  7. Lee


    Congratulations Gwen! I’m very excited for you. I can’t wait to buy my very own copy.

  8. brendalana


    Greetings, Gwen… order (#203-7489994-3788321) 2012-05-09 15.04.48BST e-mail:

    Gwen Hernandez “Scrivener For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))”

    Previous estimated arrival date: September 12 2012 – September 14 2012
    New estimated arrival date: August 30 2012 – September 01 2012




  9. Lamyrus


    Just ordered the book in the Netherlands. They expecting it mid September. But then it has to cross the ocean 😉 Thanks for giving us a “touchable” help file.

      • lamyrus


        Finally! It landed on my doormat this afternoon. My god, now I have to set myself to work through the pages.
        (I dislike the paper type John Wiley uses for there Dummies® series. I hope it will stand the test of time.)

  10. Steve and Sally Wharton


    Hi Gwen, as you know Steve already purchased the Kindle edition, and he received your cool electronic signature thingie. We’re purchasing a second, hard copy of SFD (aka Scrivener for Steve)…can we buy a signed copy of your book directly from you? Thanks, Steve & Sally, Seattle

    • Reply

      Haha, Scrivener For Steve. Love it. 😉 You can definitely buy a signed book! I’m honored that you’d want another copy. Send me a message through my Contact page above and we can sort out the details. 🙂

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  12. Gwendolyn Kelly


    Hello – which version of Scrivener is Scrivener for Dummies based on??

    thank you

    • Reply

      Hi, Gwendolyn. It’s written for a slightly older version of Scrivener for Mac 2, though much of it applies to Windows 1.x as well. Actually, more of it applies to Windows now than it did when first released.

      The most noticeable difference on the Mac version, if I remember correctly, is that the Inspector buttons are now at the top. There were some other changes to things like Compile and a few other functions, but the bulk of it is the same.

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