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    Formatting a novel to submit to publishers

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by JamesB, Apr 27, 2013.

    Just have a couple questions about the right format to write with when sending in your manuscript to publishers.

    I write with MS Word..... I'm using one inch margins all the way around, Courier New 12pnt, and double spaced.

    If I have a 500 page manuscript, am I going to end up with a 300 page novel after its published?

    Is there a better format?

    Any thoughts would be helpful.
     
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    Read this: http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

    Then follow the agent's/publisher's specific guidelines after.
     
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    Some publishers (usually small ones) take submissions directly from writers. I have seen a few during my time searching out agents with Dr. Google.
     
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    Thank you to all.... that's exactly the info I was looking for:)
     
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    William Shunn says to use Courier.... My processor only has Courier New.... Do you think that would be sufficient?
     
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    You can also use Times New Roman, but Courier New is also fine.
     
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    Courier or Courier new is fine for most publishers. Some will take Times New Roman, but it is not generally preferred, because TNR is a proportional font, and rather cramped besides. Proportional fonts allocate a smaller horizontal space for narrow letters like i or l than for wider characters like m and w. This makes it harder to spot typographical errors. Courier and Courier New are fixed pitch fonts, meaning characters are set with the same horizontal distance from centerline to centerline.

    Serif fonts are also generally preferred over sans serif fonts, also because typos are easier to spot.
     
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    Most publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts list the formatting guidelines on their website.
     

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