As you are typing the beginning of your book, there is one thing you can do to save you time later—start formatting your manuscript for submission. Knowing how to format a manuscript in the beginning will prevent you from having to go back after finishing your book to format each page one-by-one. It’s not that difficult as long as you do it right.
Follow these simple instructions:
* Use a 12-point font. Whether you use Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier New is your judgment call.
* 1-inch margins
* Indent paragraphs using tab (not an extra line spacing). I like to use .3 for my tabs
* Create a header for the top of each page. Word lets you insert a header that’ll appear automatically on each page and even allows you to insert page numbers. The header should look like this:
Last Name/TITLE/Manuscript Page 1
* When starting a new chapter go about a handful of spaces down the page from the header (3-5 is a good number). This is where you type in all caps:
CHAPTER ONE - THE CHAPTER TITLE (if needed)
* After you write the chapter number, go down about 5 line-spaces, indent using tab, and start writing the first paragraph.
* At the end of the manuscript, go a few lines spaces under the last sentence (or half-way between the last line and the bottom of the page) and type in all caps: