If you’re planning to submit your novel to a literary agent or an editor at a publishing house, it should be in as meticulous a condition as you would strive to be in if you were going to a job interview; and this means knowing how to format a book into a proper manuscript. Various guidelines exist on how to format a book manuscript, but those identified here are generally accepted requirements; they indicate what a literary agent or editor expects from you if they ask to see your novel.
And, if an agency or publishing house has requested to see your manuscript, you don’t want to screw up the opportunity by sending them a misformatted or an unformatted document. I think it’s better to learn how to format a book manuscript properly.
For a visual of how a manuscript will look after following these generally accepted guidelines, please click here to reference A Formatted Book Manuscript Sample.
How to Format a Book Manuscript – Creating the Page Format
A manuscript’s unique layout serves two important purposes:
- It allows extra space for writing comments on the margins by a reviewer
- It allows for an easy-to-read presentation of the novel.
To accomplish this, start by going Continue reading How to Format a Book Manuscript for Submission to Editors