Step Two: Format and compile your front matter


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We’re about to create the first of three PDFs: the front matter, the body, and the back matter. Once we’ve generated all three of these we’ll use a free online application to merge them into a single PDF that’s uploadable to CreateSpace. This is the page numbering workaround I mentioned at the end of the introduction, above. By separating the body into its own PDF, you force Scrivener to treat the first page of the body as Page 1.

A) Title Page

Select your “Title page” text in the binder pane.

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Use “View / Page View / Show Page View” or the Wrap button from the toolbar to toggle to a WYSIWYG view. Make sure you check the “Use Custom Page Size from Preferences” option.

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Now you’ll should see a blank 6X9 page.

It’ll be helpful to turn on your “invisibles” by hitting “Format / Options / Show Invisibles” so you can see your paragraph marks, as well as your margin guides by hitting Scrivener / Preferences and clicking the “Show Margin Guides” box.

Here’s the title page I created:

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Formatting:

  • At the top of the page change the font to Adobe Caslon Pro, 14 pt. and paragraph down ten times. (Which isn’t the best way of inserting space into a layout, but unfortunately more precise methods aren’t currently available in Scrivener, or at least not to my knowledge. Beers for the first person to correct me on this.)
  • First title line font: 36 pt. Minion Pro, bold, right justified.
  • Second title line font: 48 pt. Minion Pro, bold, right justified.
  • First and second title lines are adjusted to a line spacing of 0.9 via the toolbar.

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  • Paragraph down twice, then change font to Adobe Caslon Pro 14 pt., italic, right justified for “a novel by”
  • Paragraph down once, change font to Adobe Caslon Pro, 18 pt., small caps for the author’s name.
  • First and second author lines are also adjusted to a line spacing of 0.9 via the toolbar.

B) Copyright page

Now select your copyright page in the binder pane. Here’s what I set up.

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Formatting:

  • Title font: Minion Pro, 14 pt. and 12 pt., bold. Book title font: Adobe Caslon Pro, 12 pt, italic. Text font: , Font: Adobe Caslon Pro, 11 pt., regular.
  • Lines from top to the copyright line: roughly 18. Depending on the material you want to include on this page you’ll probably need to play around with this number to make everything sit in an aesthetically-pleasing way.
  • Center justified.
  • Line spacing: 1.0.

(Note that if you don’t want to add “Other Works By”, you can simply use blank lines.)

C) Dedication

Select the Dedication. Here’s mine:

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Formatting:

  • Font: Adobe Caslon Pro, 11 pt., regular.
  • Paragraph marks from top to text: 15.
  • Center justified.

(No dedication? Easily cured; just omit the Dedication page and the deliberately blank page immediately following it.)

D) Deliberately Blank

Very simple: this is a blank page with five space-bar spaces at the top as I’ve shown above. Once you’ve created this page you can duplicate it throughout the document as needed.

E) Half title

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Formatting:

  • Font: Minion Pro, 18 pt., small caps, right justified.
  • Paragraph marks from top to text: 14.

Make one more “deliberately blank” page after your half title.

F) Part title pages

I set up the part title pages as follows:

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Formatting:

  • Paragraph marks from top to text: 8
  • First line font: Adobe Minion Pro, 24, underlined, right justified.
  • Second line font: Adobe Caslon Pro, 36, small caps, bold, right justified.
  • Spacing between lines one and two: 0.9

(The Part Two page is a duplicate of this one with the appropriate edits. I also set up the Epilogue title page the same way, except that I omit the first line: “Part One:” and replace it with a blank line to preserve vertical spacing consistency, thusly:)

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Note that each part title page should be followed by a deliberately blank page in order to honor left-hand, right-hand conventions.

G) PDF compilation

Now that these texts are complete, select them as well as any additional texts that appear before the very first page of chapter one, like the Part One and deliberately blank texts I’ve selected below:

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As you see, you should NOT select the front matter folder. Now hit File / Compile. Select “Format As: Custom” and “Compile For: PDF.” Include page breaks before all but the title page, and set all documents to compile “As-Is.”

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Next, under Separators, set all four drop-downs to “Page Break”:

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Under “Page Settings” make the following selections:

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Pay special attention to the margins.

While you’re here make these choices under “First Pages” (even through we won’t be printing headers or footers yet)…

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And these choices under “Facing Pages.”

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These are settings we’ll use later to insert headers and footers into the body.

Finally, hit “Compile.” I like to save the front matter into a special directory as “TITLE – front matter.pdf” to keep it straight.

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Next: format and compile your body material.

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