Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Formatting

Got that manuscript hot off the printer and ready to go? Can’t wait to start showing it to agents and editors? But…how the heck did you format the thing?

You may have a great story, but if it’s formatted wrong, it can be as big a turn off to agents as a manuscript laced with misspellings. I’m more guilty than most regarding formatting, but thankfully some fellow bloggers have emailed me with some great tips while they were critiquing my opening chapters. Some basics include: double-spacing, including a title page, page numbers, and a header that lists your last name followed by a slash and the first keyword of your title.

So what’s on your formatting checklist when prepping a manuscript for someone else’s eyes? How many spaces do you leave between chapter headings? What in your experience has proved worthwhile when submitting to agents and editors?