Friday, December 26, 2014

What Are the Guidelines for Formatting a Manuscript?

Happy After Christmas!

Following is the link to the guidelines for formatting a book manuscript before sending it to an agent.

Like film scripts, book manuscripts have formatting guidelines. So read up on them before sending out your book.


What Are the Guidelines for Formatting a Manuscript?
As an editor, I can tell you that queries and manuscript submissions (unfortunately) come in all shapes, sizes, fonts and (I'm not making this up) colors, making it a pain to sift through them. Sometimes the manuscript formatting has been so jarring that I've had to reject them without even looking at the overall idea-mainly because I couldn't find the pitch through the clutter. Editors generally prefer submissions of any kind to be neat and uniform, like an online contacts folder, so they can find exactly what they want as easily as possible. According to Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, here are the specific rules to formatting a manuscript you should adhere to before shipping your work off to potential agents and publishers. 
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