I am trying to find my workflow for using Scrivener with Sigil (or Caliber Epub Editor) as post-processing for a rather technical e-book. As some people here seem to use that as well, I would like to hear your recommendations and practical tips with regard to the following questions:
Is it possible to use a repetitive Scriv → Sigil cycle? Meaning: Does everybody just finish your book completely and then import it to Sigil and post-process just once. Or is there a way to go through that cycle repetitively and in order to import also intermediate stages of a book? I am thinking along the line of doing a first import, doing all the settings and CSS stuff. Then for any further runs to delete the chapter files from the Sigil project and re-import the current ones from Scrivener. Is that a viable way of operating?
How do you normally import from Scrivener? Do you run a compile in Scrivener with EPUB output then open that in Sigil and change whatever needs to be changed? Or is there a better way, perhaps “MultiMarkdown → Webpage (.html)”. Or is File → Export Files → .html the best way to transfer files to the Sigil project?
Do you split up the imported file in Sigil into chapters again or just leave it as a single file?
What is your preference: Sigil or Calibre? I have found the Calibre editor easier when it comes to make corrections. You can type away in the Code window while the preview is being updated in a separate thread. The Sigil editor just hangs for a few seconds while updating the preview – apparently doing it in the UI thread of the application. I don’t want to start a big Sigil vs. Calibre discussion here, understanding that there are tons of reasons to use one or the other. Just wanted hear how many of you use what.
I am planning to use Scrivener styles extensively for some special paragraph and character formats and also probably some special markdown. Still experimenting with those. Any hints here highly appreciated.
I have been trying to learn as much as possible from the Scrivener manual, chapter 24. Unfortunately, there is very little about possible workflows together with Sigil or LaTex. Perhaps a separate chapter about post-processing would be appreciated (-> @AmberV ?). As a relatively new Scrivener user I think that Scrivener is a great tool for organizing your content, but pretty much leaves you alone when it comes to generating professional quality output. While understanding that Scrivener doesn’t try to rival professional layout tools, I would like to see the manual (and tutorial) point out some paths of how to arrive at a professional end product, print and e-book.
Thanks for recommendations and tips!