So I bought Scrivener because it’s supposed to be the best book writing software out there, but I’m struggling to figure out how to format my work. Basically I want a main text in the middle, one sidebar on the sides of each page, and a footnotes bar in the bottom of each page. How do I set this up? Please help.
Scrivener is good for writing your book, but it’s not designed to handle the detailed page layout of your book. If you already have a nearly complete manuscript, you have already done the steps where Scrivener excels.
If you haven’t already, I’d recommend taking a look at our Interactive Tutorial, available from the Help menu. It’s a good overview of Scrivener’s fundamental operations.
What do you recommend for me, given what I need for my layout?
Like let’s say I write out all the book in Scrivener, use comments for sidebar, and then footnotes for footnote bar. After that, where would I move the project to have a layout like I want before publishing?
Adobe InDesign, Affinity publisher, Quarck Xpress (?).
Sigil, Calibre, Vellum for e-books.
Does Quark Xpress still exist in any meaningful way? I ask out of genuine interest. 30 years ago I was on the Pagemaker side of the DTP Wars
Today its Affinity Publisher for me…
No, you might still use it if you’ve got it. InDesign is the industry standard nowadays.
Yes, it does… if you want to spend ca £250 per year subscription or ca £700 to buy a licence.
I used it about 30 years ago and got on well. I’ve also used Pagemaker and In Design. But QE and ID are way beyond my means but I currently have Affinity Publisher. I haven’t used any of them professionally.
Thank you. It looks like Affinity Publisher v2 will be the way to go for me. It can do physical copies and e-books, correct?
Thanks Owen. I’m thinking Affinity Publisher v2 as well.
Yea, I’ll probably go Affinity Publisher v2 because I hate subscription models.