Is Your Manuscript Ready?<br />
Is Your Manuscript Ready?<br />Sending in your manuscript correctly will help make your book’s publishing process quick an...
Publishing terms<br />	These terms are important for understanding your manuscript. We’ll go through them individually:<br...
Hard Copy vs. Electronic Copy<br />A hard copy manuscript is one that is printed on paper<br />An electronic copy manuscri...
File Merging<br />File merging is necessary if we receive a manuscript in more than one file. For example, if every chapte...
Length<br />Our printer has page minimums and maximums for your book. <br />Paperback books can be between 48 and 740 page...
Language<br />We can publish in any language, but non-English character-based languages need to adhere to unique submissio...
Formatting Dos and Don’ts<br />Don’t stress about final page margins, line spacing, the table of contents and page numberi...
Moving From Typewriter to Word Processor<br />If you learned to type on a typewriter, using a computer’s word processor co...
Is Your Manuscript Ready?<br />Your manuscript is almost ready to self-publish.<br />We recommend you watch our tutorial v...
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  1. 1. Is Your Manuscript Ready?<br />
  2. 2. Is Your Manuscript Ready?<br />Sending in your manuscript correctly will help make your book’s publishing process quick and easy. <br />Follow our steps to ensure that your book will look its best.<br />
  3. 3. Publishing terms<br /> These terms are important for understanding your manuscript. We’ll go through them individually:<br />Hardcopy and Electronic copy<br />File merging<br />Length <br />Language<br />
  4. 4. Hard Copy vs. Electronic Copy<br />A hard copy manuscript is one that is printed on paper<br />An electronic copy manuscript is typed and saved on a computer.<br />We accept manuscripts written with Microsoft Word 6.0 and higher on either a PC or a Mac. Unfortunately, we cannot work on manuscripts written with Quark or PageMaker.<br />Note: If you have another electronic format, contact a representative and ask about file conversion.<br />If you only have a hard copy, manuscripts need data-entered, or typed into a computer. We offer data-entry services for an additional fee.<br />
  5. 5. File Merging<br />File merging is necessary if we receive a manuscript in more than one file. For example, if every chapter of the book is in a separate file, the files need to be compiled into one file before production can begin. <br />We complete file merging for a fee, and the process adds time to your book’s publication process. <br />We ask that you compile your files into one continuous file before you submit. <br />
  6. 6. Length<br />Our printer has page minimums and maximums for your book. <br />Paperback books can be between 48 and 740 pages. <br />Hardcover books can be between 108 and 740 pages.<br />These numbers apply to the final page count of your book, not to the manuscript.<br />Depending on line spaces, margins and font sizes, your final book could be longer or shorter than your manuscript’s page count.<br />If you are worried about the length of your book, give us a call. We’d be happy to discuss options with you.<br />
  7. 7. Language<br />We can publish in any language, but non-English character-based languages need to adhere to unique submission requirements. <br />Talk with a representative before your submit your items.<br />
  8. 8. Formatting Dos and Don’ts<br />Don’t stress about final page margins, line spacing, the table of contents and page numbering. We’ll design the books’ interior for you.<br />Do submit your book on 8.5 by 11-size pages, using one inch margins. This is the default setting for most word programs.<br />Don’t double space the manuscript for us. Though it was once common practice for editing, it is no longer needed.<br />Don’t include page numbers in the headers or footers.<br />If your book has a table of contents, don’t include the page numbers.<br />
  9. 9. Moving From Typewriter to Word Processor<br />If you learned to type on a typewriter, using a computer’s word processor could take some getting used to. <br />Double check for some common text formatting mistakes. <br />
  10. 10. Is Your Manuscript Ready?<br />Your manuscript is almost ready to self-publish.<br />We recommend you watch our tutorial videos if you have any specific formatting questions.<br />Please call us if you have any questions at 1 800-AUTHORS. We love to hear from you!<br />

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