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the-golden-trashcan-tm  asked:

As a former(?) editor, what is the proper/preferred way to format a fiction manuscript?

Former only in the sense that I’m currently not employed :)

And the preferred method for formatting manuscripts can vary from house to house, but the standard is a 12 point font in either Arial or Courier (14 for chapters) with the margin indented 0.5″ (dont use tab to do this, go to “paragraph” and select “first line” under “indentation” it should auto set to 0.5, this will mean every new line you make auto indents the way it should be for new paragraphs and dialogue) and double spaced, (again paragraph > spacing > double)

You should also indicate  scene breaks by inserting a blank line and centering the hash sign (#) in the center of the line. (If you’re self publishing you can add your own symbol)

Chapters should also be started on new pages and the header centered and spaced about 3rd the way down, (hit enter three times, type CHAPTER ONE, space again three times, then start your paragraph)

Uuuhm what else…if you’ve got any specific questions that might be better? Cause honestly I could keep going forever.

OKAY LISTEN. BLAME THE HANGOUTS CREW FOR THIS ONE. @beejohnlocked and @librarylock and @astudyinsnoggy ESPECIALLY.

HERE’S AN ANGRY BISEXUAL MARTIN-CORN. BECAUSE I HAVE TO DO TAXES TODAY AND I NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING SILLY TO TAKE MY MIND OFF OF IT. THIS IS LITERALLY THE BASEST OF MY PS SKILLS. I DID IT IN 10 MINUTES, NO JUDGING. THIS IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING I’VE EVER DONE

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I guess you…saved me. So…
- Cool.