I’ll be needing to create a boxset from 3 book in a few weeks time. Right now I’ve got the usual set up for my single book. Folders as chapters and 1 or 2 files for each scene within each folder. How would I go about having all 3 books correctly listed in the contents, so it shows the correct chapters for each book, and it’s 3 separate books, all within the same project.

Nobodies got any idea how to do that?

I’ve got ideas but I’ve never actually done it. I keep all the books of a series in the same project for several reasons, but one of the reasons is the hope that eventually it will make compiling a boxed set easier. I’ll be following this thread with interest.

Good luck! :smiley:

I’ll try asking the same question on the FB group and do some experimentation. Whatever I come up with I’ll post here.

Hi Digiterium,

Like Silverdragon, I’ve never actually done it but hope to someday.

Unlike her, I only have one book right now, but I do have grandiose ambitions–at least one more companion novel in my series. :slight_smile:

There have been a few box set-related questions on these forums in the past. Below is a google search to them. Some of the threads are older and compile has changed quite a bit, but perhaps you’ll learn something useful, if you haven’t already searched the forums.

Google search for “boxed set” OR boxset


I’ve played with these settings in the older version of Scrivener. The concept hasn’t changed, but compile has, so I’m going to address this in general terms. I hope you’ll be able to discover how to create custom compile settings from existing ones, but if you can’t figure that out, then I suggest posting a new topic for each specific problem you’re trying to solve.

In essence, you move your book’s contents from the “root” of the Draft/Manuscript folder into a sub-folders of the Draft folder that are specific to each book. You then copy the other books into their sub-folders of the same project*. Finally, assuming you didn’t start with books that were divided into Parts folders, you select a compile preset “novel with parts”. Each book becomes its own “Part” at that point. You then just start tweaking it so that wherever it outputs “Part One”, you instead have it insert “Book One”, [Your Book’s Title], or even “Book One: [Your Book’s Title]” if you prefer. You’ll encounter some things like chapter numbers continuing to go up from book one to the start of book two, and probably a number of other things. If you can’t figure them out, come back to the forums and ask about those specific things.

I know all of this is possible, but it takes some in-depth Scrivener know-how to get it the way you want. Good luck!

[size=85]* You might want to start by creating a new blank project, put Book 1, Book 2, etc… folders in the draft, and then dragging/copying each book’s chapters into the appropriate sub-folder of the Draft.[/size]

Thanks for the advice everyone, I’ll give it all a go over the next few weeks and post back here what I work out.

I have a similar use case. I wrote a fourteen part series in Apple’s Pages 4.3. I really can’t keep that going any longer, so I am considering porting to Scrivener.

Each book is composed of these parts:
Cover - unique for each book
Disclaimer/Copyright - same for all books
Interior - unique for each book
MailOrder - same for all books
About the Author - same for all books

I have been experimenting with the Project Template called “Novel (with parts).” I found that I could tell the compiler to compile each part individually, but that doesn’t include front matter, etc. Porting book 1, and splitting chapters into scenes, creating and assigning styles, etc. seems to work great. But I’m not certain that I am on the best path, and it’s enough work that I don’t want to plunge down an errant path. I came looking around here, and this thread is what I found.

Can the selections in the compiler window be saved somehow so they can easily be re-loaded? Is there a more fitting approach?



It is fairly simple.

Make ‘Books’ in the Binder and write them separately.

Make a Front Matter for each Book with the different pages, copying those that remain the same to each front Matter.and when compiling select the appropriate Front Matter.