Once you have successfully generated your first preview, you'll know everything you know to get started writing in the Dropbox writing mode.
You'll find more information and detailed instructions on the "Getting Started" page for your book, which you'll go to automatically when you create your book.
Creating a Book in Dropbox Writing Mode
Go to https://leanpub.com/create/book to create a new book in Dropbox.
Next, type a title for your book into the "TITLE" box. You can change your title later.
Click in the "BOOK URL" box. Leanpub will automatically suggest a URL for your book's web page on Leanpub. You can change this URL at any time.
Scroll down and you will see "MAIN LANGUAGE USED IN YOUR BOOK." You can select a language from the drop-down. Like the other settings, you can change this at any time.
Scroll down and you will see the "BOOK THEME" options. "Business" will be selected by default. The Book Theme is just a set of standard formatting options conventional for books on these subjects. You are not required to choose any particular option. You can change your Book Theme at any time.
For this tutorial, we selected the "Fiction" Book Theme.
In the section below, you will be presented with various Writing Mode options. For this tutorial, you don't need to do anything, because writing on your computer in Dropbox is selected by default.
When you scroll down, you will see the subscription plan options. By default, "Free" will be selected. If you have a paid Leanpub account already, you will see that plan selected automatically.
Select a plan.
Scroll down and, if you are not signed in to a Leanpub account, you will see an option to enter information to create a new account. You will also see an option to sign in, if you already have a
To create a new account, fill in the relevant information.
In Dropbox mode, you should use the same email address for Leanpub as you do for your Dropbox account. If you don't have Dropbox account, you can get one for free here:
Tick the box to prove you're a person and click the blue button to finish creating your new Dropbox book.
You will now see that you are on the Getting Started page for your book. You will see a progress bar at the top of the page, while our book generators are creating your new book.
If you use bookmarks in your web browser, we recommend you bookmark this page in your web browser in a bookmark folder for your book, but this is not required.
Look at the Book Tools "breadcrumb" menu at the top of the screen. This is how you will navigate to the web pages you will be using in Leanpub to work on your book and see all the features we provide, like uploading a book cover, or setting a price for your book.
When you are finished this tutorial, we recommend you explore the various Book Tools options.
Setting Up Your Book In Dropbox
When you clicked the button to create your book, Leanpub's Bookbot created a folder for your book in Dropbox, and sent a Dropbox shared folder invitation to the email address you used when you signed up.
It may take one or two minutes for you to receive the Dropbox shared folder invitation.
To accept the invitation, you can click on the Dropbox icon in the menu bar for your computer (these images are on a Mac; if you are using a PC, it will look different.)
Click "Add to Dropbox."
Alternatively, you can accept the invitation by logging in to Dropbox. You should see the book invitation near the top of the "Home" screen:
If you click on the invitation, you will be able to click "Add to Dropbox:"
Another way to accept the Dropbox invitation is in your email. Here is what it looks like in Gmail:
If you open the email, you should see a button that takes you to your Dropbox account in your browser, and then lets you accept the invitation:
Within a minute or two, in your Dropbox folder on your computer, you should see the folder for your new book:
Creating a Preview
To create your first preview, using the default content we included in your new book, go back the Getting Started page for your book:
Click on "Getting Started" at the top, and you will see your the Book Tools menu. It will look something like this:
Click on "Preview or Publish" under the "Book Info" column, and you will see something like this:
Select "Preview' in the column to the right, and you will go to the "Preview" page for your book:
Click the "Create Preview" button. You will go to a page like this, where you will see a progress bar at the top:
When the preview process is complete, you will see download links for the preview, in a variety of formats:
Click on the links to see what your book looks like in the various formats.
Next, we recommend you read the Getting Started page for your book. You've already done all the setting up - all that's left is for you to learn how to write in your book, which should only take a few more minutes!
In the menu on Leanpub, you can find the Getting Started page for your in your Book Tools menu at:
Author > Books > [Your Book Title] > Book Info > Getting Started
If you have any questions or can't find anything, please search our Help Center for authors here: http://help.leanpub.com/author-help.