Earlier this month, I wrote about manuscript formatting standards and the importance of having a professional-looking manuscript. But standards can vary from house to house, and there isn’t only one “correct” format. What’s standard for the manuscripts that I see might be different in other areas of the industry. So, for this month’s Links and Resources post, I thought I’d share some additional posts on manuscript formatting so we can take a broader look at industry standards.
Here are several posts about manuscript formatting that I’ve found to be fairly accurate and helpful:
- Formatting Your Manuscript by author/former agent Nathan Bransford
- How to Format a Manuscript by author/editor Cassandra Marshall
- JV-level Manuscript Prep by Carolrhoda Books
- Writing Basics: Formatting Your Manuscript for Submission by author Janice Hardy
- What Are the Guidelines for Formatting a Manuscript? at Writer’s Digest
- Proper Manuscript Format: Short Story by writer William Shunn
- Format Your Novel for Submission by editor Beth Hill
- Manuscript Format at the SFWA
- Live and Let Font, a post about which font to choose (and why you shouldn’t worry too much about it) by agent Jennifer Laughran
- Manuscript Preparation: What is the Recommended Font? at the Chicago Manual of Style Online
- The Great Debate: Italics or Underline? by author Janice Hardy
- Where Do You Put the Page Numbers? by agent Janet Reid
- A Kick in the Head(er) by author Kate Hart, about a mistake she made in her MS header
Know a resource that should be on the list? Have any questions about manuscript formatting? Let me know in the comments!
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