Scrivener Quick Tip: Building an eBook Part 3

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I’ve been covering how to build an eBook using Scrivener.  Part 1 covers setting up your Project correctly so your Table of Contents is formatted correctly upon Compile.  Part 2 talks about Front Matter – the stuff that makes a book a book, like Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, etc.

Today, I want to look at some of the little extras that take your eBook to the next level.

If you remember my last post, I talked about Front Matter.  In a nutshell, Front Matter can be anything you want to appear in your eBook before the text.  You can add anything at all to that folder, but I would caution you not to overload a bunch of stuff there.  ToC, Copyright, Dedication feels about right.  Start loading this folder with more and you risk cluttering your eBook.

“But, I want a Bio Page and to talk about my other eBooks and tease the next eBook in the series by adding the first chapter at the end!”

Okay.  You don’t need to put that in Front Matter.  Let me explain.

You might remember this screen cap from Part 2 (Fig 1):

Fig 1

Fig 1

In Fig 1 above, you see the ToC for my eBook, Consumption (which is January’s free story when you sign up for my email list!).  Front Matter contains Title Page and Copyright Page.  But after the story, I also have About The Author.  How I created this is simple.

In my Project, I added a new Folder.  Remember, what you name a Folder is how it will appear in the ToC.  I called my Folder About The Author and added a Scene (Fig 2):

Fig 2

Fig 2

In my Scene, I added my ‘About the Author’ material including Bio, links to website and Social Media, etc. (Fig 3):

 

Fig 3

Fig 3

I also included a Link to the Conversations with My Cat eBook, and a tease about the February free eBook I’ll be giving away to email list members.

Now – this is very simple.  I could make it much more elaborate.

I could add another Folder, call it Witchcraft & Satyrs Scene 1 (the next eBook) (Fig 4):

Fig 4

Fig 4

Copy the first scene over, and use that as a tease with some statement about signing up to receive free stuff (Fig 5):

Fig 5

Fig 5

Which would look like this once the eBook is Compiled (Fig 6, 7 & 8):

Fig 6

Fig 6

Fig 7

Fig 7

Fig 8

Fig 8

Again, I show you these things to give you an idea of what you could do.  If you wanted to add folders / pages to the front, you could do that (just remember to modify Title Prefix / Suffix during Compile as outlined in Part 1).  If you wanted to add things behind the story/book, you can.  Lots of options are available to you and I encourage you to play around.

For myself, I created an About The Author Folder that I am dragging across projects as needed.  This saves me a little time, and all I need to do is make a few adjustments (adding new published eBooks, upcoming eBooks) to move forward.

Next week’s Quick Tip (Part 4) will take a deeper look at your Compile options, and how to save your settings so future Projects can be formatted and Compiled with just a couple of mouse clicks.


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