A correctly formatted manuscript will help save time and effort for the writer and the publisher. If you are publishing with another publisher then it is advisable to contact them and ask how they want the manuscript formatted.
These are our guidelines for anyone publishing with Wordcatcher or anyone buying a typesetting package from authorhub.info:
- We prefer a Microsoft Word .doc / .docx format
- Although we can handle other file types they can cause issues with formatting that can be time-consuming to correct
- Make sure your name, email, and the title of the book are on the first page
- Submit the whole work in a single document, including:
- chapters in the correct order
- optional content (see next point, below)
- images placed in proximity to the text they refer to
- If you want to include the following, please do so at the outset
- Reading List
- or other similar content that isn’t the body of the document itself
- Images should be separately supplied in high resolution (minimum: 300dpi at 240mm shortest side, in CMYK). If that doesn’t make sense, don’t worry at this stage, we can help
- Include Copyright Acknowledgements / Attributions for any work in the book that isn’t yours (e.g. photos / diagrams / illustrations / citations / etc).
- Use Page Breaks (Ctrl +Enter) to put content on a new page, NOT blank lines
- include a Table of Contents – we will generate it, and we will delete whatever is there anyway
- use Tabs
- put anything in headers or footers – we strip that out as part of setting the file up. Page numbers are fine if you need them to help you with editing, but we will set that up too, so it’s not necessary for you to do for our benefit.
If you spend lots of time on typesetting, it will be wasted – remember that your book will not be A4/US Letter size, Times or Arial, 12-14pt, at 1.5-2 line spacing. So any pagination or formatting you spend time on is a lost cause. Typesetting is what we do, we aren’t expecting you to submit a typeset manuscript.