Creating an ebook using Scrivener

1. Download Scrivener if you don't own it already.

(A 30-day free trial is available)
Creating a chapter by creating a new folder inside the Manuscript "super folder".

Pages is a Mac-only app and can be found at the Mac App Store.

2. Create a new project

We suggest using the "Fiction" -> "Novel" template for all ebooks, as it's set up nicely for exporting as an ebook.

3. Create your chapters

In the sidebar (also known as the "Binder"), there are several pull-down tabs, which we'll call "super folders". The most important for us are Manuscript and Front Matter. To create your manuscript, create a new folder inside the Manuscript "super folder" for each chapter. You can then create new "documents" for scenes, sub-chapters, or sub-sections, and nest them inside the folders by dragging.

4. Add a cover image

Open the "Front Matter" super folder, then open up the "E-Book" folder nested within. Drag your intended cover image into the "E-Book" folder (if there's another file in there already called "Cover", delete it).

5. Set up your ebook for compiling

Select "File" -> "Compile…" from the menu bar. In the window that appears, select "Format As: E-book", and "Compile For: ePub eBook (.epub)". Don't hit "Compile" yet - we've got a few more things to do in the next step.

6. Manage your metadata

Select "All Options" at the top of the "Compile" window. Then, in "Compilation Options", select "Contents". Here, you'll be able to select which folders and subfolders inside your Manuscript super folder to include in the ebook (usually, this will be all of them). Click the checkbox marked "Pg Break Before" to create a page break for each new chapter. Then select "Cover" under "Compilation Options". Here, you'll be able to select any image inside your Scrivener project to use as your cover. Finally, select "Meta-Data" under "Compilation Options". Here, you'll add in the important stuff: your book's title, author name, description, and so on.

7. Export your ebook

Alrighty! Now we're ready to go! Hit the "Compile" button in the bottom right-hand corner of the "Compile" window. You'll be prompted to name your ePub file - we recommend simply giving it the title of your work.

8. Preview your ebook

Before uploading your ebook to Tomely, it could be a good idea to open it up on your ereader of choice to ensure it looks and works as it should. If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, you can email the ePub file to yourself to view it in iBooks. You can also download Kitabu, an ebook reader for the Mac, for free on the Mac App Store to preview your book. In particular, double-check that the cover image and table of contents are appearing properly.

9. Set up a publisher account with Tomely and sell your ebook.