It is very easy for new authors to make formatting mistakes the first time they are publishing their book. Therefore, we are going to walk you through the book publishing process, so you don’t make the same mistakes.
Author Formatting Mistakes
The following list explains typical formatting mistakes.
- Do not double space after periods.
- Do not use two line breaks at the end of each paragraph.
- Do not misuse hypens. For example, twenty-four or dark-brown jacket (two words together used as an adjective).
- Do not indent paragraphs.
Formatting that Authors Should Do
This list includes correct formatting for a manuscript.
- Create your manuscript in Word format. Use one Word document (.doc/.docx)
- Use Black, Times New Roman 12 point font.
- Use standard 8-1/2″ x 11″ page size with 1″ margins
- Align left justified.
- Double space lines.
- Use page breaks to begin a new chapter.
- Number pages after the cover page.
- Use quotation marks correctly. Use quotation marks when quoting a speech, or copying work from another’s source.
- Use apostrophe’s correctly. For example, The cat’s bowl is green. The apostrophe shows possession.
- Use contractions correctly. For example, You can’t feed the cat any food. This shows the use of contractions.
If you follow the pointers in this article, publishing your first book will be a much easier process. For help on author services click here.