Manuscript preparation step-by-step:
1. Make a copy of your manuscript in case you make an irreversible mistake.
2. Show all formatting (Ctrl + Shift + 8). You will now see all the formatting marks, such as paragraph breaks, tabs, and spaces.
3. Firstly, remove any instances of double spaces after full stops. You may have been taught this in school, but it is frowned upon nowadays. To do this:
- Select All (Ctrl + A).
- Open the Find and Replace dialog box (Ctrl + H).
- Type in two spaces in the Find field and one space in the Replace field.
- Click Replace All.
Note: Do not literally type [space]; it means to press the space bar.
4. Find out what you have done at the beginning of new paragraphs. If there are tabs (or spaces) instead of indents:
- Select All (Ctrl + A)
- Open the Find and Replace dialogue box (Ctrl + H).
- Place your cursor in the Find field and then click More (at the bottom left).
- Now click Special and select Tab Character.
- Leave the Replace field blank and click Replace All.
- Make sure your entire content is still selected. If it’s not, Select All again.
- Open the Paragraph group box located in the Home tab.
- In the Indentation section, select First line under Special.
- Now under By, type in 0.2. (If your Word is set to centimetres rather than inches, type in 0.6.)
- Make sure Left and Right are set to 0. (While you’re in there, make sure in the Spacing section your Before and After are set to 0, and Line spacing is set to Single.)
- Now click OK.
6. If you have used any automatic numbering or bullet points, disable them and insert your numbers and lists manually. Pain in the butt? Maybe, but it will save you a headache later on as all automatic formatting will more often than not disappear when you begin typesetting and formatting your eBook formatting (depending on your process).
To disable your automatic numbering and bulleting:
- Click the Microsoft Office Button (top left of your screen) and then click Word Options (bottom right of dialog box).
- Click Proofing.
- Click AutoCorrect Options, and then click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
- Under Apply as you type, clear the Automatic bulleted lists tick box and/or the Automatic numbered lists tick box.
1. 0.2 inches (0.6 cm) is an ideal indent size (for both paperback and eBook).
2. It’s customary not to indent the first line of a new chapter or section. Paragraphs should only be indented if there is another paragraph preceding it. To remove the indent from the very first line of a new chapter or section, go to the start of each chapter or section and place the cursor at the beginning of the first paragraph. Follow the procedure on how to set an indent, but select None instead of First line. Do the same for your chapter headings because they will have been indented as well.
3. Please do not use line spaces to separate paragraphs in fiction. It’s common for nonfiction, but in fiction it just wastes space, especially when you have a lot of dialogue together, as each utterance generally starts on a new line.
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