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Saving Your Manuscript for Publication (Typesetting your manuscript – article 6)

Most presses require a manuscript to be in PDF format. Most Word versions can export a document to PDF. The most important thing is to embed your fonts into the word document. For normal documents, don’t embed fonts since this will bloat your file size, but for the file you’ll be uploading, the font should […]

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Setting up the Page Layout (Typesetting your manuscript–article 5)

There are a few things to consider when choosing a page layout. The first and most obvious is the size of the book you plan to use. If you are going to be using CreateSpace or Lightning Source, check out the standard layouts they accept. I highly recommend staying with common book sizes. The most […]

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Building a Table of Contents (Typesetting your manuscript – article 4)

Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, it needs a table of contents. Aside from the fact that readers need it to locate the chapter they want, a book with a table of contents looks more professional, and readers can browse the contents to get an idea of what to expect from your book. Word […]

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Text Formatting (Typesetting your manuscript – article 3)

Setting up Word Before formatting the text, it’s important to configure Word with only the features necessary for your book. Fortunately, with word, you can make as many changes as you want and have them ONLY apply to the document you are using. When making a change, you’ll see something like the image below: I […]

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Setting up footers on your manuscript (Typesetting your manuscript article 2)

These steps are designed to be used for MS Word 2010. The method should be very similar for Word 2007. Setting Footers on your manuscript This topic is for footers, but the same methods also applies to setting headers. When setting up a manuscript, it’s usually necessary to have the footer change for each section. […]

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