Prepare, Publish, Promote Prepare Your Book Format Your Manuscript To help you format your paperback, we created templates in Microsoft Word into which. Design your own book layout for print in Microsoft Word with these free book formatting templates and tutorials!. It doesn't matter if you want to be an independently published author or a traditionally published author, formatting your manuscript correctly is critically important.
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However, you should seek to do everything in your power to be a professional friend of your editor. One of the simplest ways to do that — which too many authors fail to consider — is formatting. I know. Plus, once you have the basics down, you can create a template for future use. While this article attempts to offer standardized recommendations, some editors, agents or publishing houses may have their own formatting stipulations.
If so, you need to increase the trim size. Add 0. For example, if your trim size is 6" x 9", set the page size to 6. Select More Paper Sizes.
This opens a dialog box. Enter your book's trim size, including bleed, into the "Width" and "Height" fields.
In the "Preview" section, select Whole document from the "Apply to" drop-down menu. Click OK.
This will resize your pages and change your page count. Trim size without bleed 5" x 8" If you copy content from another document and paste it into the template, the formatting may transfer and need to be corrected. If you do add it, make sure it matches the number assigned to your book.
Table of contents. Add the page numbers later. When you insert your book content into the chapters, the page numbers will shift. Placeholder text. Before you start customizing the chapter pages, check that there's no placeholder text left in your front matter. If you dont want to keep a front matter section, you'll need to delete the placeholder text and the section itself: Go to the Home tab in Word.
This will help you see where section breaks begin. Highlight the placeholder text in the section you want to remove. Hit the Delete key. Place your cursor in front of the Section Break marker. Customize chapter pages Tips for formatting chapter pages: Add or delete chapters. As a first step, we recommend that you update the template to include the numbers of chapters you want.
To add chapters: Highlight and copy the last chapter.
Put your cursor at the end of the last chapter. Hit the Enter key. Put your cursor at end of the second to last chapter. Use a single space after periods If you were trained to type two spaces after a period, retrain yourself.
In the digital age, use a single space. Use double-spaced line spacing This may be the greatest help to your editor. You want to ensure they see your every last word, so give your words room to breathe on the page. Indent all paragraphs by. Format paragraphs according to genre standards Fiction authors should use indented paragraphs without full paragraph breaks. Nonfiction authors may opt for no indentation so long as paragraphs are separated by a full paragraph break.
Tip: crack open a book in your genre to see what the paragraphing conventions are, then emulate. Unless you are a professional illustrator, say, you just want to keep the front cover bare of anything except text. Remember that the publisher, not you, will decide what the final book looks like, so sticking your own imagery on the book will, in most cases, look a awkwardly amateurish.
Epigraphs, dedications, acknowledgements and all that kind of stuff can be left for when your book makes it into print. If you really must put in an epigraph, you can certainly do so on the second page or probably italicised on the cover itself. The following guidelines will mean that you deliver the kind of manuscript that any literary agent will instantly consider professional and easy to navigate.
If you want to deviate from any of these exact strictures, you probably can. The golden rule is to deliver something that looks like any normal, professional document AND one that is laid out like a book, not a business letter.
And even that rule about indenting the paragraphs is often not followed by first time writers. Of course not. OK, enough preamble. For a nice looking manuscript, you want to present it in something like the following way: Use double or 1. Use a nice ordinary font. Times New Roman, Garamond, or Georgia are all good choices. Arial is quite common, but maybe better avoided as sans serif text is just harder to read at length.
Use a font size no smaller than 12, and no larger than Use standard margins. Your existing defaults are probably fine, but check. Chapter breaks should be marked by page breaks, so each new chapter starts on a clean sheet. You can mark each new chapter with a number, if you care to. Do not leave a double space between paragraphs except as a section break.
Professional authors use those things very sparingly. This page shows my own choices: a nice looking chapter header but mine is a lot fancier than you need. Modest paragraph indentation, I like 0.
A personal, but not wacky font. I use generally use 1. Plus a nice neat page number, of course.
Oh, and did you notice that the very first paragraph in that page was not indented? At that level, no one will care. You need your work to look, clean, professional and literate. If you check those boxes, then your fine. Really, truly, nothing else matters — except the quality of your actual book, which needs to be amazing.
When speech by one character is interrupted by a descriptive line, and then the speech continues, this all counts as one paragraph.
Begin the next paragraph with the next speaker. Use single quotation marks for dialogue.
This is true even if the dialogue ends with an exclamation mark or a question mark. If the speaker quotes someone else within dialogue, you show that inner quotation with double inverted commas. Again, though, that rule about quotations within dialogue is hardly ever going to matter. And intelligent. And beautifully written. Nor the Chief downloader at Walmart.