There’s a certain standard when it comes to preparing your manuscript for your formatters. Here’s the general guideline below:
Use black coloured, 12-point, Times New Roman as the font for your main text.
Use the U.S. standard page size of 8.5×11 inches (A4) and set your margins to 1 inch on all sides.
Set your text’s alignment to left side.
Use a single space after full stops.
Use double-spaced line spacing
For fiction novels, indent all paragraphs by 0.5 inches, and don’t hit tab or space to indent. No blank lines between paragraphs.
For non-fiction books, don’t indent your paragraphs, instead use enter for paragraph breaks. Leave one blank line between paragraphs.
Use page breaks for new chapters.
Number your pages.
Send your manuscript as one Word document (.doc /.docx)
Always have a title page with the title of your book, your name, and the word count mentioned on it.