Let me start by thanking you for an AWESOME app - it has changed the way I write significantly (for the better)
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:
- Headline + short introduction
- Subheadline + full text
We then save them as e-books in two versions:
- A free, light-version, containing only the #1 (headline and short introduction) for each chapter
- 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
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: *
- Click on the Draft folder containing all the documents and switch to Outliner mode.
- 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.
- 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).
- Take a look at the “Include in Draft” column in the outliner.
- Option-click on any document that has “Include in Draft” ticked. This will untick the box for every document.
- 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
- 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
This looks like just the answer I needed - thanks a lot
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!