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8 Reasons Why Using The Correct Book Manuscript Is So Important
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Do you want to learn the different techniques of a book writing format? If you can master the book writing, it can absolutely affect a person’s ability to finish a manuscript quickly. Besides writing screenplays, a writer does not necessarily need writing software to help create a book manuscript in the correct format. However, publishers will not look at a manuscript unless it follows a certain guideline.

Below are some basic guidelines that you should follow and adhere to in formatting your manuscript.

1. Use double spacing. This is a prerequisite because it’s much easier for an editor to read and edit. That way, if the manuscript is too long, the writer/editor can reduce the number of pages and will then have room to make edits.

2. Use page numbers. With page numbering, the reader won’t notice if your manuscript is too lengthy. They should be sequential from the first page of the book to the last.

3. No binding. There are times where multiple people will have to read your manuscript, so photocopying your manuscript may occur many times. If you staple it or apply spiral binding, then it is very hard and not convenient to read. So it is better to use rubber bands.

4. Do not use both sides of paper. This will only cause confusion and problems in photocopying. You want to make it as easy as possible for the editor and agent that is reading your manuscript because it may have an effect on the book’s comprehension.

5. Use white paper with 8.5x11 size. If you’re in Europe or anywhere outside of the US, use A-4.

6. Running headers are expected on novels, short stories, articles and nonfiction books. Headers must include your last name, the title or a short form of the title.

7. Font. It is best to use a 12- point font size and choose a font that doesn’t squinch the letters too close to each other. However, there is no standard font that you must use.

8. Paragraphs should be indented or with tabs, not with extra line spaces. The paragraphing of a book manuscript format is very important.

When it comes writing a book, a writer may not necessarily break a rule and he/she has to have their own style. However, when it comes to using the correct book manuscript format, it is a totally different ballgame and it is essential that he/she sticks with the guidelines. Just remember to never give up and keep your focus high. The book publishing process is definitely a learning process.


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Gary2  

Great info nice Tamara. Gary

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