Formatting Guidelines

manuscriptMake sure your submission follows these formatting guidelines:

  • Everything double spaced (except query/cover letter in a proposal)
  • Use Times New Roman 12-point font
  • All margins 1 or 1.25 inch
  • No blank spaces between paragraphs (Take out automatic spacing.)
  • First lines of paragraphs indented 0.5 inch (Use tabs or automatic hanging indent; do not use multiple spaces to indent paragraphs)
  • For scene breaks within a chapter, use a centered pound sign (#) or three asterisks (***) in an otherwise blank line (no space before or after)
  • Do not include any photos, graphics, or images (with the exception of an author picture if you want to include one in your proposal)
  • Save as a .doc or .docx file
  • Submit as a single document
  • See the Book Formatting flyer on our Valuable Resources page for more formatting tips.