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How to format a manuscript

• Set up your pages with 1-inch margins at the top and bottom and 1.25-inch margins on the sides.


• Double-space the lines of type.


• Use 12 point Times New Roman typeface.


• Put only one space between sentences.


• Do not add an extra space between paragraphs.


• Indent all new paragraphs, including lines of dialogue.


• Put the title and your last name at the top left margin (set up as a Header).


• Center page numbers on the bottom of the page (set up as a Footer).


• Begin numbering with the first page of Chapter 1 and continue numbering the pages consecutively through the manuscript. Do not have another Chapter One anywhere in the manuscript.


• Start new chapters five inches down the page.



If you use these settings, you should get approximately twenty-five lines of about ten words each for a total of 250 words on a page (except for the first page of a new chapter), which is the industry standard for a manuscript page.



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