Month: June 2017

Scrivener Tips Pt. 2: Compiling

Compiling Conundrums

I’ve recently begun preparations for sending the manuscript of The Bow of Destiny to my editor. The manuscript needed compiling which I had never done for a book. I had compiled for a short story so that was rather easy. For a book there were a few more details required than I had previously experienced.

Manuscript Expectations

I wasn’t concerned with the format of my manuscript since it was consistent. However, I did want chapters without titles and a header. My first attempt did not work as I expected. The folder names became chapter titles and labeled scenes appeared in the text. This is likely because I originally used a general template rather than one specific to a novel. But no biggie, I started poking around and found settings in the compiler to help me get the manuscript to the appearance I wanted.

Custom Compiling

First, click on File and then Compile to open the Compiler:

Scrivener Compiler

Compiler MenuNote all the different categories on the left menu. Click on Contents and verify that everything for your manuscript is selected. You can use these to change settings in the compiler. When you start making changes it will change the “Format As:” to Custom.

For my purposes, the necessary changes were made by first clicking on Formatting and turning off all the check marks for title. This removed folder titles being used as chapter names so that only the chapter numbers remain.

To change the layout of a section click on a level to highlight it and then on the Selection Layout button.

Selection LayoutHere you can edit the beginning layout of a section. In my case I removed any text I didn’t want and added a few details.

Next I wanted to change my header. To do this click on Page Settings from the left menu of the Compiler and then type in or change the header settings. My screen shot above also shows an example. Not that “Not on Page 1” is not checked by default. I checked that and made sure that page one was counter by checking the second box.


Saving and Presets

Choose Compile FormatTo save these custom settings click Save and Close on the lower right. When you re-open the Compiler and choose Custom from the menu these will remain. However, you can also save your custom presets by clicking Save Presets in the lower left.

Choose Compile Preset

Once you’ve saved a preset you can load it by clicking on the Load Preset button in the lower left and scrolling down the list of standard presets to My Presets and choosing the one you want based on your needs.

Load Compile Presets

I hope this helps when you compile a manuscript. There are many other settings so take time to learn those according to your project parameters. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

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IMG_4154-EditAbout the Author

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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Invitation: Online Autograph Party!

I wanted to announce that I’m hosting my own author event next week. It’s a little bit short-notice so everyone please share this post. I’ve been a bit busy lately so the date got close I hadn’t shared the event yet. If you don’t mind, please help out by supporting my Headtalker for the event.

What’s the event? For starters, I’m going to post where you can go to request a digital autograph from me to use with your digital version The Bow of Destiny or An Arrow Against the Wind. That’s right, I’m hosting a digital autograph session for readers. Just look for next Friday’s post that will run all weekend and I’ll respond to your request for an autograph.


Also, I’ll be available to answer any questions about the books that readers may have. It’s a great time to ask me anything about my writing and have discussions with me in the comments section of the post. You can even respond to comments from other participants as you like. I’ll also post some questions of my from the books for answers in the comments.

Additionally, I may be convinced to share a few prizes – a bit of a surprise for visitors and readers to the my site over the course of next weekend. Details will be in the post.

Lastly, I might just have a little sneak-peek of the cover of The White Arrow available to share with everyone. I’ve been working with my artist this week and we making good progress on it. I might just have the blurb written to share too.

So if you have a little time over next weekend, drop by Archer’s Aim, say hello and let’s have a little fun talking about reading. Get an autograph while you’re here and maybe get a good peek at what’s coming in a few months with the The White Arrow.


Here’s an interesting indie fantasy book written by Catharine Glen!

Indie-WednesdayAlong my reading journey, I’ve made a conscious decision to include self-published and small press works in my reading schedule.  But it is difficult to know where to start: So many new authors and books to examine to find the perfect fit for my tastes.  And to help others with this same problem, I’ve decided to turn my Indie Wednesday feature into a day where writers can introduce themselves and their work to everyone.

With this in mind, I’m turning over the blog to Catharine Glen, author of The Rose Crown, who has been nice enough to submit a guest post for everyone’s reading enjoyment.


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