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Scrivener Compile courses start December 8th!

Online course graphicHappy Thursday! I’m flying to California tomorrow to present a Scrivener workshop for the San Francisco Area Romance Writers of America chapter on Saturday. Wanna attend? Click here for more information.

Also, in case you’re not on my newsletter list, I just announced that my next round of Scrivener Master Course: Compile classes are open for registration. Yay! The classes start December 8th. Maybe an early holiday gift to yourself? 😉

Also, there’s still time to sign up for Scrivener II: Intermediate and Advanced Concepts (Mac & Windows), which starts Tuesday. (Oops! My newsletter had the day incorrectly listed as Monday. This is why writers have editors… *sigh*)

Anyway, here’s the lowdown on the Compile courses, and you can get more information on all of my class offerings on the Scrivener Courses page.

If you have a long holiday weekend—and even if you don’t—enjoy!

Scrivener Master Course: Compile (Mac & Windows)
Date: December 8-17, 2014
Length: 10 days
Price: $20

Click the appropriate button below to register now.

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Do you love Scrivener, but get stuck when it comes to compiling (exporting) your work? This one-week compile course will cover everything you need to know to get your manuscript out of Scrivener and into a beautiful Word document, PDF, e-book, or print-on-demand file.

Topics include:

– Best practices for setting up your project file

– Handling front matter and back matter

– Understanding the different compile options and features

– Chapter auto-numbering, formatting, and saving compile presets

– Creating specific types of output: DOC/RTF, EPUB/MOBI, PDF for print-on-demand services

Format: The course is conducted in a virtual classroom, which allows me to post daily lessons in DOC and PDF for students to download, and provides a forum for asking/answering questions. The course also includes at least one video screencast where I answer student questions through an on-screen demonstration.

Prerequisites: Either have taken Scrivener I or II, or have a good grasp of the concepts in Scrivener I (see course description on class page).

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  1. Reply

    One of your tweets addresses inserting quotations at the beginning of a chapter by putting it into chapter (or maybe it was folder) text before the first section heading. Using non-fiction format there are two spaces separated by dashed lines where text may be entered but doesn’t seem to show up in compile, even with compile all checked. Could you clarify? Thank you

    • Reply

      scandinaviatravels: For that, the easiest thing is to probably put it in the text of the chapter folder itself. But to get it to show up, you have to make sure that Text is checked to be included for folders on the Formatting tab of Compile. By default it is not. HTH!

  2. Linda Gartz


    Hi Gwen,
    I’d love to take this class, but here’s the problem. In order to be able to read tracking and comments from my editor, I had to move my ms out of scrivener (which couldn’t read Word’s tracking–as we discussed in an email). Of course, I lost all the footnotes which I had in Scrivener (for the 2nd time — as I lost them importing my doc INTO scrivener, and now I lost them AGAIN moving from Scrivener back to Word! Ack. When it’s time to compile my final draft, I suppose I’ll move my now Word doc BACK into scrivener and AGAIN lost all footnotes. Any work-around on this yet? What will happen if an editor or agent wants to make comments on my work — and I can’t get it back with tracking into Scrivener?

    • Reply

      Linda: You should have been able to retain your footnotes. Those are set to be included when you compile. If you were using annotations or comments, you have to choose to include them when you compile. All of those options are under the Footnotes & Comments section of compile.

      I don’t import edited versions of my work back into Scrivener. I just refer to the marked up document and make the changes in Scrivener myself. Here’s my process, if you’re interested: HTH!

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