Set up your pages with 1-inch margins at the top and bottom and 1.25-inch margins on the sides.
Use 12-point Times New Roman typeface.
Double-space and flush left the lines of type.
Put only one space between sentences and no extra space between paragraphs.
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 One and continue the numbering throughout the manuscript. Don’t begin each new chapter with page 1 again. Chapters should be numbered consecutively.
Start new chapters five inches down the page.
Include a one-page synopsis with a novel (single-spaced).
For fiction, you should send me a brief synopsis of your story (no more than a page, single-spaced) and a brief description of your main characters. For nonfiction books, include a Chapter Outline. This is a list of the chapters by title with a brief summary of each one’s contents (single-spaced).
Send your properly formatted Word file by e-mail as a single attached file.
Checks or money orders should be made payable to Paul Thayer. Personal checks have to clear before I begin my work.
Once I begin work on your book, the turnaround time is about 14 days for a complete reading/critique of a full-length manuscript of 70,000 to 80,000 words. Line editing usually takes a little longer. I am unable to accept rush projects. If you aren’t ready to submit your manuscript but would like to reserve a place on my work calendar, send a deposit of one-half of the quoted fee. The balance should be submitted later with your manuscript.
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