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Title: format manuscript for submission
Post by: mj on February 04, 2016, 10:04 AM
 :help2 I have gotten conflicting info on how to format a PB manuscript for submission: (1) page breaks where I think they should be or (2) No page breaks and let publisher decide.

Also: 10 pt. or 12 pt. ??

Thank you.
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: Arona on February 04, 2016, 10:14 AM
I'm going to take a shot at answering because I, too, read conflicting information for a long time until I decided the below information seemed most prevalent/consistent.

You page break. If the publisher disagrees, they'll change it.

12 pt.

Font: New Time Roman.

If there is current, reliable information out there that confirms any of this has changed, I'm all ears. 
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: dkshumaker on February 04, 2016, 12:31 PM
I'll give a more "vague" answer. Unless the agency/publisher specifically states yes or no for page breaks, I personally don't think it matters. It's about the writing, the story. I think most agents/editors want something that looks professional and clean, with plenty of white space. As long as it is easy to read, I don't think page break/no page breaks will make or break a deal.

I personally have never put page breaks in, and I have had agents and editors ask for more work based on my slush pile submissions. But I hear other authors always put in page breaks. :-)

Hope that helps!
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: Vijaya on February 04, 2016, 01:37 PM
12 pt

No page breaks unless I'm asked to.

Vijaya
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: mj on February 04, 2016, 01:43 PM
Thank you everyone.
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: Betsy on February 04, 2016, 02:17 PM
What Vijaya says.  Go here:

http://www.ellenjackson.net/formatting_a_manuscript_123773.htm
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: mj on February 05, 2016, 07:01 AM
 :like Betsy, thank you for link to ellen jackson. Very helpful.
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: Anne Marie on February 05, 2016, 12:10 PM
I never include page breaks, FWIW.
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: HaroldU on February 05, 2016, 03:42 PM
My basic advice, as an editor: http://www.underdown.org/manuscript-format.htm
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: Cali on February 05, 2016, 04:21 PM
Great information above! Plus, I've always heard to use 12 points New Times Roman unless stated other-wise in the submission guidelines. I've also heard of submitting picture books both ways, with and without page breaks so the recipient can choose whichever they prefer.:)

Best Wishes,
 :goldstar

Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: Schriscoe on February 05, 2016, 08:04 PM
 :goodpost

I have actually done both. Some stories I have done with page breaks and others without. Arbordale asked for them. RPKids didn't.

I also use 12 points.
Title: Re: format manuscript for submission
Post by: Dionna on February 06, 2016, 03:28 AM
This is how I format. It may be old school. Don't know. 12-point, Times Roman, no page breaks, one inch margins, double space, when mailing the first page is a title page with contact info in left corner and genre and word count in the right, when mailing next page begins one-third the way down with title and name, when mailing a header for each page thereafter left side last name, title, right side page number.