How Do You Format Your Manuscript Correctly?
If you want to format your manuscript correctly, there are some basic rules you need to follow. Why do you have to follow them? You don’t. But if you choose not to, you run the risk of editors and agents simply rejecting your work without even bothering to read it.
Correct ms. format is what agents and editors want to see when you send stuff to them. Sure, you can write in any format or font you want. But then you have to reformat everything before you send it in. Why not just write it in correct format in the first place, so when you’re done, you’re done?
More Stuff to Check
What? You thought I was done explaining how to format your manuscript correctly? Nope. Still more stuff to make sure your ms. is set up properly:
Every chapter starts on a new page
Learn how to do page breaks, don’t just add a bunch of blank lines!
The first line of text in the new chapter starts about 3 inches (7.5 cm) down from the top margin.
The chapter number/name are above the first line of text, with a blank double-spaced line between name and first line of text.