Today’s meeting was all about manuscript formatting.
Manuscript formatting for standard publishing:
Always remember to follow guidelines, but these are the suggested standard formatting list of your manuscript.
Writer’s Digest: What Are the Guidelines for Formatting a Manuscript? This covers some of the basics to formatting your document. Remember, you’ll also need a synopsis and letter if you want to publish through a publishing company.
A Step-by-step Guide to Formatting Your Book’s Interior (Createspace.com) E-publishing and print-on-demand for Amazon marketplace. With e-publishing, you need to format correctly in order for the pages to view correctly on e-readers. Createspace also provides templates specific to the size books you want to use.
The Basics of DIY (Do It Yourself) E-Book Publishing by Writer’s Digest provides lots of tips to follow for publishing, to help decide how to publish but also the basics on how to publish.
Find and Replace Tips for MS Word- (Includes how to find and replace manual indents, double spaces, and more)
Find: ^t (this code will find all manually indents in your manuscript)
Replace (leave blank)
This will delete all manual indents
Want to know more things you can do with Find/replace? Click here.
This program provides a way to organize your MS Word documents (also works with OpenOffice) to sort files into chapters. You can then have the program assemble all files into a single Word file to publish. Unfortunately, this does not work with Mac computers.
Need a quick tutorial on how to use the Chapter-by-Chapter? Check out my YouTube Video;
Dropbox is one of many ‘cloud drives’ which are used to back up and share files. What I love about Dropbox is that it is easy to use and can synchronize files between smart phones, computers, and the Internet so you can always get your files.
Want to learn more about the other cloud drives? Here is Top 10 Personal Cloud-Storage Services you can choose from.
Web Site: https://www.openoffice.org
OpenOffice is a free software suite that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation programs. This is free and works with MS Office documents.
“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row”- Ray Bradbury