Add a completely blank page?

I’m in paperback formatting hell, as I never learned how to properly format while writing and I’m paying for it now.

I’m working on some workarounds to push sections on to new pages, but there are a few places where I need to insert a completely blank page (front and back) in order to get the next chapter title to show up where I want it.

I’ve tried using folders with page break separators, but it seems to ignore the folder unless I have something in it. I’ve been using symbols to try and force the break, but even then I’m not getting that solid front/back blank. Any help?

Put <$BLANK_PAGE> in the page you want to compile as a blank.

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You’re my hero! I guess I gotta learn some HTML if I want future projects to look right.

If I may : inserting that blank page will impact following chapters.
And I don’t know how you’ll know where to insert a blank page other than compiling and having a look.

It doesn’t seem like the most logical approach to me.

I am pretty sure you could access features designed especially for that in a third party app after compiling.
(I am a bit surprised that Scrivener can’t handle it in the page settings or separators of the compile format. I thought it could already.)

So far the process is: edit Scriv, compile to .pdf, upload to KDP, use Previewer to see the changes, and then go back to Scriv to try again. I’ve done this about a dozen times so far.


Are you running under Windows ?

If yes, LibreOffice is open source. (Free)
Compile to RTF or .odt and do the final tweaks such as this in LO.
(RTF works flawlessly and is Scrivener’s native file format. I recommend compiling to that file format.)

I linked to the how to (chapters start on odd pages) in my previous post.

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Start with Help▸List of all Placeholders... in the menus.

Mac Scrivener can, as part of the Section Layout, but it appears that Win Scrivener doesn’t have this option yet.

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