Make sure you have your manuscript formatted in Scrivener. I suggest using very simple formatting.
- On the menu bar, click File>Compile. A dialogue box appears. Your Compilation Options won’t look like mine in the example below unless you’ve already pointed to KindleGen. But after you choose it in Scrivener (by clicking on the KindleGen icon on the left-hand side) and clicking Choose (mine says “Change”), then the rest of the options in the left-hand column will populate.
Leave the bottom two boxes unchecked. If you’re having trouble downloading and pointing to Kindle-Gen, here’s a one-minute YouTube How-To. In the image above, notice that I’ve chosen All Options, Format As: Original, and Compile For: Kindle eBook(.mobi)
- In Contents, you can scroll up and down the list to make sure all your scenes are included. (Check the As-Is box whenever you don’t want a title to appear.)
Since I’m going to upload this short story to Amazon, I won’t include a cover image. In KDP, the cover image and book file are uploaded separately.
- The Formatting option is an important one for chapter titles. As you highlight different section types, you can choose different Title, Meta-Data, Synopsis, Notes, and Text options. (I only bother with Title.) In the Level 1+ example below, notice how the word Title is centered and in bold. That’s because I chose my Scrivener Chapter Title style from the Style menu (beneath Section Layout). Note I’ve added 4 Lines of Page padding to add white space above the beginning of each chapter.
- In the Layout option, you tell Scrivener to generate a TOC. I check Book begins after front matter and Generate HTML table of contents, but you can fool around with the other options if you have world enough and time.
- In Transformations, make sure everything is unchecked, unless of course you want these options.
- Check out the other options—HTML Settings, Replacements, Statistics, Tables, Footnotes & Comments, Meta-Data—if they pertain to your Scrivener file.
- Click Compile.
And that’s it—except for checking it out in your Kindle app.
If you want to see how mine turned out, you can download Death of a Sad Face. It’s free on Apple, B&N, Kobo, Sony, Smashwords, and probably on Amazon by now—if they’ve price matched yet.
Photo: Three Girls, ca 1910, Lewis Hine, Public Domain. I don’t think they’re discussing Scrivener.