Rachel has put together a seven-part (9 videos) series that is available for free for writers to learn how to fix formatting and set up good formatting in a manuscript before sending it to anyone, including and especially the editor! 😃
One thing that I’ve learned over time is that there are some specific (though not set in stone) requirements to the formatting of a manuscript.
How it looks and how it works do matter!
In my time as a book formatter, I’ve also learned that there are a wide variety of ways to incorrectly format a manuscript. The problems start back at the very beginning, and that’s why I think it’s important for us authors to learn how to format the most basic parts of our works in progress so that our editor doesn’t have to waste any time fixing things we could have done ourselves.
- page size
- hard returns
- page breaks
- scene breaks
- chapter headers
- and page headers
When we are properly formatting these items ahead of time our editors don’t have to stop and fix them…
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