Can I work like this in Scrivener?


Let me start by thanking you for an AWESOME app - it has changed the way I write significantly (for the better) :wink:

I use it for writing books and right now, I’m working on 3 top 100 books, with 100 chapters of advice on different wedding- and relationship related matters.

When we write our books, each chapter is:

  1. Headline + short introduction
  2. Subheadline + full text

We then save them as e-books in two versions:

  1. A free, light-version, containing only the #1 (headline and short introduction) for each chapter
  2. A paid, full-version, containing both #1 and #2

Am I able to somehow mark the two parts in each chapter, so I can easily compile either the light- or and the full-version or do I have to continueously maintain two different files/versions of the book in seperate files?

Once again, thanks for a GREAT product :slight_smile:


Yes, this is definitely possible in Scrivener. Here is how I would do it:

• Have each headline and short introduction in separate files.
• Have each sub-headline and full text in separate files that are subdocuments of the headline documents. So your structure for each chapter might look like this:

+ Headline + short intro 1
  - Subheadline for ch. 1
  - Text chunk for ch. 1
  - Another bit of text for ch. 1
  - ...
+ Headline + short intro 2
  - Subheadline for ch. 2
  - Some text for ch. 2
  - More text for ch. 2 (text can be split up or kept in one document)
+ Headline + short intro 3
  - Subheadline for ch. 3
  - Text... Etc.

(Note that text documents can have subdocuments as well as folders, so I would have the Headline documents as text documents rather than as folders.)

If you structure it like this, doing what you want is simple:

* To export the free version containing just headline + short intro: *

  1. Click on the Draft folder containing all the documents and switch to Outliner mode.
  2. Select something in the outliner mode and go to View > Expand All (cmd-9), so that you can see all the headline documents and all the subheadline/text documents.
  3. Ensure the “Include in Draft” column column is visible in the outliner (go to View > Outliner > Columns > and ensure that “Include in Draft” is ticked).
  4. Take a look at the “Include in Draft” column in the outliner.
  5. Option-click on any document that has “Include in Draft” ticked. This will untick the box for every document.
  6. Go to View > Collapse All (cmd-0) to hide all of the subdocuments. Now you will only see:
- Headline + short intro 1
- Headline + short intro 2
- Headline + short intro 3
  1. Again, Option-click on the “Include in Draft” box for any document. This will tick the box for all visible documents.

If you go to View > Expand All again, you will now see that only the headline + short intro documents are ticked. You can now go to File > Compile Draft to compile a version of the manuscript that includes only these documents.

* To export the paid-for version containing the full text: *
Follow Steps 1-4 above.
5) This time, Option click on any document that doesn’t have “Include in Draft” ticked - i.e. one of the main text/subheadline files. This will tick the box for all the visible items, which should at this point be everything.

You can now go to File > Compile Draft to export or print the full manuscript.

Hope that helps!
All the best,

Wow, fast response :slight_smile:

This looks like just the answer I needed - thanks a lot :stuck_out_tongue:

That’s great. I never would have thought to use the Outliner view for this–but would have ended up doing it manually in the Compile dialog. This is much better. Useful for me, too!