I found this great post from Liz Strauss with a great idea: Look through the archives of your blog and see if there is a book in there. She suggests that if you have 200 posts, there’s probably a book. I have over 400 – maybe even two! But seriously, it’s a good idea.
I’ve just started using Scrivener, and that would be an awesome tool to pull this together. It has great features for managing chunks of text, including a corkboard for arranging them. But how to get the posts into Scrivener?
It was an interesting problem to solve and I figured it out. It brought the posts in just the way I wanted them: Separate files, with images intact.
Here’s how to do it:
- Use the wp2epub plugin to get the posts out as an .htm file. This is a subtle feature, but the htm file comes in the .zip file that is created with the epub file.
- Edit the htm file to replace the <h1 class=”main”> tag at the start of each post with the same tag but with ### on its own line in front of it.
- Import the .htm file into Scrivener. It will come in as a web archive, and images should be intact.
- Use Documents->Convert->Web Archive to Text to convert the file to text within Scrivener.
- Export the newly created text file as RFTD, rich text in Apple’s format.
- Import the newly exported file, but use the Import and Split function, entering ### as the split string.
- You now have your posts in Scrivener, each as a separate file with images intact.