Monthly Archives: January 2016

Winter Special: 31 Days of Scrivener Plus 5 Skype Sessions

January is a busy month chez moi. I usually have several projects going on, but February is much slower and that gives me more time to work on my Scrivener workbooks. It also gives me the opportunity to open an impromptu 31 Days of Scrivener PLUS 5 Private Skype Sessions.

Here’s the deal…these tutorials usually go for $200.00. Yes, it’s pricey, but given my ahem expertise and the time it takes me to write these lessons, $200 is a bargain.

I realize, though, for many readers it’s not affordable. After all, many of us write for a living and the income earning potential isn’t that great (now you know why I teach these tutorials on the side).

As a 2016 Winter Special, 31 Days of Scrivener plus 5 Skype sessions will be offered for $50. How does it work? You get the following:

1. A daily PDF lesson emailed to you.

2. One weekly Skype session to answer questions on that week’s lessons.

3. You automatically become a member of the Simply Scrivener Facebook community where you can interact with other students and ask questions and share tips.

4. A few perks here and there, like icons to pretty up your binder and backgrounds for Composition Mode.

To sign up, email me at Registration starts tomorrow and ends on January 29, 2016. After January 29th, the price goes up to $200. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Binder Actions and a Question

I’ve covered a lot of territory in these tutorials and yet I always discover a feature I’ve never used, and once I play around with it, I think, “You idiot, this is exactly what you needed in September, but you didn’t realize it even existed.”

So today while I perused the features in the menu, I came across “Hoist Binder.” The only term I know that uses hoist in a sentence is when Hamlet realizes that Claudius plan to dispatch him and says the following:

There’s letters seal’d, and my two schoolfellows,
Whom I will trust as I will adders fang’d—
They bear the mandate, they must sweep my way
And marshal me to knavery. Let it work;
For ’tis the sport to have the enginer
Hoist with his own petard, an’t shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines
And blow them at the moon.
Hamlet Act 3, scene 4

Hoist Binder doesn’t fall in that deadly category. Instead, it’s an incredibly useful feature especially when you have a Binder with numerous folders, sub-folders, and documents. To wit:

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As you can see, I have all my freelance writing folders and although I can unexpand the folders what I really want to do is to isolate one section of those files. Let’s take a brick and mortar scenario as an example. Say I have the inbox on my desk filled with 20 manila folders, and I need to work on just one file. I take the appropriate one out and work with those documents within that folder.

To work with that one container/folder and not have to even see the other folders in the Binder including the Research container and Trash Bin, what you do is select the folder you want to work with and go to Documents->Hoist Binder and it brings forward just that folder.

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Does it work with text files? Yes, as long as you have a sub-document. To unhoist and see the entire contents of the Binder, go back to Documents and select Unhoist Binder.


In March, I will be launching a downloadable PDF workbook. The first one will be for Windows users. The Mac version should be available by the end of April. The format is based on the Adobe Classroom in a Book series. The workbook will consist of 31 lessons; each lesson can be completed in one day. Price: $4.99, which includes a 30 minutes private Skype session to answer any questions that might come up as you progress through the lessons.

Later in the summer, I plan to launch another series of workbooks. The first one will be on Compiling for both Windows and Mac versions. Price: $3.99 with 30 minutes private Skype session.

And now for my question. What other workbooks would you like to see in this series? To respond, please email, send me a DM on Twitter either @SchillerRebeca or @SimplyScrivener, or leave a comment below. I look forward to reading your suggestions.

Easy Peasy Printing

I have a confession: I’m not a huge fan of printing out my documents. When I need to print an article, I take an easy shortcut instead of going through the compile process.

But before I show you how I go about printing, first let me say that what I write and print are formatted simply. I don’t get fancy because I don’t have any intention of self-publishing. I just want my one-inch margins and my quarter inch indent, and that’s it.

Let’s say I wrote an article to submit to my editor. As mentioned, the formatting is simple. What stands out is that I have the following:






These are bolded, and that’s as fancy as I get. So my article is written, and I need to print it to proof it the old fashioned way. To print it, I go to File->Print Current Document. A window opens, and this is what I see:

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I can go ahead and hit print, and that’s that.

Let’s assume I make my edits, input them back into Scrivener and I want to send the final version as a PDF to my editor (typically you should never do that because if your editor wants to make changes, he or she has to convert the PDF to a Word document and that can mess up the formatting. As a rule of thumb, make life easy for your editor if you want more writing assignments). But for the sake of this example, we’ll send it to him as a PDF).

Go back to File->Print Current File. Click on the drop-down menu where you see PDF, and you’ll see the option Mail PDF. And, sirree, bub, it goes directly to you Mail app as an attachment.

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Now let’s take a look at File->Page Setup. A window will open, and you will see that I have my page setup defaulting to my printer and US Letter.

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But what if I want to change those attributes? Click on it and the dropdown menu has the Scrivener option. From there you can change your margins.

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Click on options and you’re presented with a menu of print options.

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I like to have the page numbers printed, so I have that option checked. As you can see, you also have the option to print the synopsis, meta-data, and notes. Don’t like your current font? You can change it.

And that’s the easy way to print your current document without having to go through the compile process.