Formatting Novel Manuscripts – How To Format Your Manuscript For Submission!
Are you a new or aspiring writer with no idea how to get started with formatting novel manuscripts? Well you’ve come to the right place! This video and subsequent blog post will share exactly how to format your manuscript for submission to a publishing company or literary agent.
Formatting novel manuscripts is important from an aesthetic perspective. As with most shared writing (i.e., letters, college papers, etc.) there is a customary way submissions are formatted to ensure that there is a universal way to submit manuscripts to agents and publishers. Also with the volumes of manuscripts received having one set way they are formatted ensures they actually get read.
Did you know manuscripts are often rejected not because of the content, but because it does not follow the submission guidelines of the publishing company or publishing agent? Wouldn’t you love to know how to ensure your manuscript gets read?
Formatting Novel Manuscripts Tips
For your reference, here are the highlights from the above video for formatting novel manuscripts:
- 1″ margins
- 12 pt font
- Times New Roman font
- Double spaced
- Title page (includes physical & email address, title, and word count)
- Header (includes name and title of manuscript on the left and page number on the right)
The formatting mentioned above is the standard way to format your manuscript for submission. However, remember to always check the website of the publishing company or agent and follow their submission guidelines first. If you don’t see any guidelines on their website, then use the guidelines above. Do you have any additional questions as it relates to formatting novel manuscripts? Please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
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