Books On Scrivener

Below is a list of books that I use and recommend to those that are just getting started with Scrivener or want to expand upon what they already know with the app. These are in no particular order of importance.


Take Control of Scrivener 2

Embark on a creative voyage to write a masterpiece with Literature & Latte’s powerful content-generation tool Scrivener 2. Whether you’re working on a novel, screenplay, dissertation, or other long document, you’ll learn how to collect and organize notes, arrange and rearrange sections, and produce a submission-ready manuscript.

Written by Kirk McElhearn

This is the first book I bought for Scrivener and it has definitely helped me out tremendously in getting the hang of the app. Covers both Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X and Scrivener 1 for Windows.

$10 or less; via TidBits, Amazon, and iBook Store. eBook only.

Scrivener: Absolute Beginner’s Guide

Written by working novelist and experienced computer book author Jennifer Kettell, this guide doesn’t just present features and menus: it presents Scrivener in the context of your creative workflow, so you can make the most of this amazing software. Kettell draws on years of Scrivener experience and private tutoring to help you use Scrivener in both fiction and non-fiction projects, including screenwriting and academic writing.

This book is as authoritative as it gets. Kettell not only wrote it in Scrivener: screen captures show her work in progress, and identify powerful ways to use Scrivener to improve productivity. Her book has been tech edited by the Literature & Latte software team member who serves as main liaison for the Scrivener Windows product to ensure that the Windows version is covered as thoroughly as the Mac version.

Written by Jennifer Ackerman Kettell

$14 or less; via Amazon and iBook Store. Paperback version also available.

Writing A Novel With Scrivener

The writing and story development program Scrivener is taking the world by storm. Here the bestselling author David Hewson, creator of the successful Nic Costa series, offers a personal, highly focussed guide to using this powerful application to create a novel, now newly updated to cover the brand new release version for Windows.

Hewson, a Scrivener user for years who’s written five of his popular novels in the app, takes users through the basic processes of structuring a full-length novel, writing and developing the story, then delivering it either as a manuscript for an agent or publisher or as an ebook direct to Kindle or iBook.

Alongside the practical advice, he offers a working novelist’s insight into the process of writing popular fiction. And this book is, of course, created entirely within Scrivener itself, from development through to publication on Kindle, a process followed in detail in the book. Please read the reviews to see what users think of this unique book, produced entirely from within Scrivener itself.

Written by David Hewson

$10 or less; via Amazon. eBook only.

Scrivener for Dummies

Whether you’re a planner, a seat-of-the-pants writer, or something in between, Scrivener provides tools for every stage of the writing process. Scrivener For Dummies walks you step-by-step through this popular writing software’s best features. This friendly For Dummies guide starts with the basics, but even experienced scriveners will benefit from the helpful tips for getting more from their favourite writing software.

  • Walks you through customizing project templates for your project needs
  • Offers useful advice on compiling your project for print and e-book formats
  • Helps you set up project and document targets and minimize distractions to keep you on track and on deadline
  • Explains how to storyboard with the corkboard, create collections, and understand their value
  • Shows you how to use automated backups to protect your hard work along the way

From idea inception to manuscript submission, Scrivener for Dummies makes it easier than ever to plan, write, organize, and revise your masterpiece in Scrivener.

Written by Gwen Hernandez

$18 or less; via Amazon and iBook Store. Paperback version also available.

Your Guide to Scrivener: The Ultimate Tool For Writers

Learn to use the ultimate writing software: Scrivener. Allowing you to combine the various elements that make up your writing project, from outlines to research to note, Scrivener helped author Nicole Dionisio write two novels in a single year.

Our manual outlines how to use Scrivener to make your writing better, and is useful for writers of all stripes – which includes you.

It is 48 hours before your dissertation is due and, despite the chaos, you are trying to complete the final edits, because it’s the only choice you have.

Written by Nicole Dionisio

$5 or less; via Amazon. eBook only.

Scrivener for Writers

If you are a writer, this book may change your life.

They say everyone has a book in them, but writing any long piece is a complicated process, from the original idea, marshalling of sources, research, filing of texts, creation of structure, rough drafting, editing and production of final document.

From outlining ideas through to output of a formatted hard copy for an agent or publisher; from organisation of research through to the automatic generation of a Kindle ready copy, Scrivener for Writers helps you make the best of this superb and economic piece of software.

Scrivener is used by all sorts of professional and amateur writers, from best-selling and aspiring novelists to Hollywood scriptwriters, from students and academics to lawyers and journalists: anyone who works on long and difficult writing projects. While many other writing project management tools impose their own workflows or limit themselves to fiction-writing, Scrivener recognises that all writers of long-form texts often face similar problems, and provides an array of flexible tools that allow you to do things your way, no matter what kind of writing you do.

Those currently using Scrivener include Novelists, Short-Story Writers, Screenwriters, Playwrights, Comedians, Lawyers, Journalists, Lecturers, Academics and Students, Biographers and Memoirists, Business and Technical Writers, Comics and Graphic Novel Writers, Translators

Over 300 pages of content and illustrations include How to Write a Book; Getting Started; Get to grips with Projects; Getting Set Up; Finding Your Way around; Planning your Project; Writing and Editing; Managing Your Writing; Backup and Saving; Output and Printing

Written by Ivan Pope

$5 or less; via Amazon: Scrivener for Writers (Mac) and Scrivener for Writers (Windows). eBook only.

SCRIVENER ESSENTIALS: A Quick Start Visual Guide for Windows and Mac Users

Imagine if you could use Scrivener for Windows like a seasoned professional, knowing the keyboard shortcuts, what the tools on the toolbar do; flying through the application and creating an amazing story without being distracted by having to look up how to use a feature every time you want to use it.

Well, you can learn to do that with these quick start visual guides. They have step by step instructions with:

  • Plenty of pictures, so that you can instantly recognize the regions of the user interface.
  • Arrows pointing right at the buttons mentioned in the instructions, making them easy to find.
  • Instructions embedded into the images they refer to so that they don’t drift onto the next page because of the personal settings on your Kindle.

There are two versions of this book, one for Mac OS X and another for Windows. Available in Kindle format.

Written by Karen Prince

$5 or less; via Amazon: Mac version | Windows version.