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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Formatting a Manuscript, Part III, Call for Submisions

More tips on formatting a manuscript: 

1.      A chapter heading can be placed from one to six double-spaced lines down from the top of the page, and the headings can be either centered or left-justified. Drop down two double-spaced lines to begin your story. Each chapter should begin on a new page. Use the same formatting for each chapter. If you drop down four double-spaced lines for the chapter heading in Chapter 1, follow that format for subsequent chapters. 

2.      Left justify each paragraph. The right margins will be “ragged.” 

3.      Double-space the text, and put one space, not two, after a period. When I first started writing professionally, two spaces were accepted, but today the general rule is one space. 

4.      Indent the first line of each paragraph about 1/2 inch.  

5.      Some writers type “End” or The end” at the conclusion of the text. Some do not. It’s a matter of personal choice, unless the publisher’s guidelines state otherwise. 

Next week, I’ll list more tips on formatting a manuscript.           

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