You may already have some of your titles in eBook formats such as ePub for the iPad, or MOBI for the Kindle. If so, you've already navigated the vagaries of converting those manuscripts from print format. It's not tough, generally, but it's some work, and can eat up some serious time, unless you're paying someone else to do it for you.
Either way is not an ideal scenario. Wouldn't it be great if you could just format the manuscript right in your word-processing software, then import it into your page layout program for print, and export it directly from your word processor to eBook format, with no more messing around?
Well, now you can. Literature and Latte
, a software company, has just upgraded its Scrivener program to do just that. And for those of you who may have been wishing you could use Scrivener but couldn't because you don't operate in a Macintosh environment, good news: with this upgrade, L&L has also released a version for Windows and Linux!
Aside from this function, Scrivener has a lot of other cool functions, clearly designed with the writer in mind. There are even special templates, etc. for different types of writing, such as novels, screenplays and research papers, to save you formatting time.
It's exactly what I've been looking for, since I have grown to loathe MS Word's growing bloatware problem, as its performance heads in the opposite direction. So I purchased Scrivener myself over the weekend, and can't wait to try it out. My first projects will be to import the original Word docs from our mystery series, stylesheet them, and export to both eBook formats. I'll keep you posted on my findings. Meanwhile, check Scrivener out
for yourself, if you're so inclined.
NOTE: I am not affiliated in any way with L&L, and I stand to gain nothing if you purchase this software. This blog post is not officially sanctioned by MBPA, nor does it necessarily represent the opinions of the MBPA board. Just wanted to share my joy at discovering it.