Formatting

Before you send out articles or manuscripts, you need to know the proper way to format or present your work. With the stiff competition in this field, you do not need a badly formatted manuscript to ruin your chances of success. Writer’s guides often give some specific tips that will help, but it’s better if you can see an actual working model.

One book that I highly recommend is “Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript” by Cynthia Laufenberg. This is an excellent book that discusses topics such as cover and query letters, the structure of a book proposal, and the proper formatting of your novel. You will see sample pages which includes what margins to set, how you should set your title, and so forth. This book is a must for any writer’s library.

It’s important to do your homework. You don’t want the manuscript you spent countless hours on to end up in the trash can without a second glance just because you didn’t take the time to make your work look its best.

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2 Responses

  1. Catherine,
    I don’t have this book in my library. Thanks for suggesting it!
    Gloria

  2. This is a great book, Catherine. I got it after you told me about it! It’s a great reference with all sorts of examples!
    -Nancy

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