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I have a manuscript that I'd like to add Drop Caps to at the beginning of each chapter. I currently have it loaded into my Storyist program on my Mac-book Pro.

Does anyone know how I'd go about adding my Drop-caps?

I can't seem to find any tools for this. I know it's not a common practice, and I know the Storyist program typically leans toward trimmed and well formatted manuscript style, so maybe I'll have to export my manuscript and tackle it in Pages. I'm not sure. Can anyone help?

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    Use the support resources for the program. You are paying for it. – S. Mitchell Feb 9 '16 at 21:05
  • Are you writing this for a personal project, something fun just for fun, or are you planning on submitting this somewhere? If you're planning on submitting somewhere, you might consider formatting in the standard manuscript format instead. – DoWhileNot Feb 10 '16 at 20:55
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Not quite, you can add Drop Caps to the CSS of the ePub file that Storyist generates for you

This Storyist forum gives an example of how to modify the CSS for your .ePub file (which is just a zip that you can unzip to see the individual files) to add Drop Caps:

Adding drop caps to the start of a paragraph

Another popular modification is to add drop caps to the first letter in a chapter. There are several ways to achieve this. If you're targeting iPad, the simplest way is to use the first-letter pseudo-class CSS selector as follows:

h1 > p:first-of-type::first-letter {
  font-size: 5em;
  float:left;
  line-hight: 0.5;
}

As the author mentions you should be comfortable with manually overwriting the CSS from the ePub file and you should check the result on the different readers where you intend to publish your work.

This is basically a workaround to change the standard layout in a not-intended way to match your specific preferences.


But beware that this seems to be discouraged by the community. See for example this Storyist forum (emphasis mine):

Unlike a print book with a set interior design, the point of eBooks is to be easy for the readers to manipulate for themselves. So the best eBook "formatting" is, in fact, doing as little hard formatting as possible—don't embed fonts, don't use drop caps, all the things that you' do in print. Keep your eBooks clean. Because not only does every reader like things differently, but different eReaders display things differently, too. So my Kindle Paperwhite uses a different font than iBooks, etc. And that's okay.


The standard doesn't allow this. There is no documentation for Storyist that would suggest that there is an in-built feature to change this setting and this StackExchange question is the first thing I can find when I google "Storyist Drop Caps", which suggests that there is not a high demand for this sort of workaround. Use with care.

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Here's tozzin' a way to find out whether you can add Drop Caps to a manuscript in the Storyist program:

  • Go to the Storyist Support Site
  • Search for an answer using key words
  • If you can't find an answer then 'open a support ticket by sending mail to support@storyist.com'

Support will try to get a reply to you in 'one business day'.

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