Thank you for your tremendous effort to keep us informed as to potential work. I have found the insights tremendously helpful.
- I am preparing my final manuscript. What format should it be in?
- Should I invest in Quark..or some other layout software?
- Is there a site I can go to and download the format needed..and accepted by such houses as Penquin/Putnam?
- Manuscript formatting is simple. The first guide is to make sure it’s as readable as possible. That means double space, an easy to read typeface – TimesRoman is fine, decent margins (an inch or close) and page numbers that run sequentially. Running heads are a real help, but not required. Keep it ragged right.
- No, you don’t need Quark or other layout software – your word processing software is fine. You’re not typesetting, you’re presenting a manuscript. Chances, if your manuscript is accepted, the final digital version will be used for typesetting or to turn into a .pdf, but that’s not the point right now. And, unless you self-publish, it won’t be your job.
- Writing World has a Quick Guide to Manuscript Format that’s pretty good – maybe a bit more complicated than it needs to be.
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