MHg02


Aim:

  • Complete manuscript
  • Save to a computer
  • Edit manuscript
  • Format manuscript 
  • Calculate page count 

Requirements:

  • Save manuscript to a computer
  • Edit manuscript (if required)
  • Apply any image references
  • Format or apply book page settings
  • Make any adjustments
  • Calculate page count 

ORGANISING AND FINALISING YOUR MANUSCRIPT


Okay…so it’s time to deal with your manuscript. Have you finished it yet?

Is it completed, edited and saved on a computer? Or could it be sitting in a shoebox in the closet still written in long hand? 

If it’s the latter, then it’s time to get a wriggle on!


Making a Start

TRANSCRIBING THE MANUSCRIPT

First things first. Your manuscript needs to be saved on to a computer. If you haven’t done it yet, you can get the heads up here. If you’ve already got it saved, you will have to check that your existing files are suitable to work with. Your style of book will probably determine how you might already have done that. Whatever the case, most peoples manuscripts will be at different stages so you need to assess where you are with your own, then work with the appropriate instructions to bring you up to speed.

Click on button below to select an option that best describes your manuscript’s current status. Follow the guidelines and you’ll be advised with how best to proceed.

Returen here to the Manuscript main page for further instruction.

Options and Information

SAVING THE MANUSCRIPT CORRECTLY

Your manuscript should be saved as one of the two following file types:

  •  Single Document File (one file with multiple pages)
  • Multiple Document Files (multiple files – multiple pages)

To ensure you have chosen the most appropriate file method for your manuscript click on the link below and check information. Then return here to commence reading the rest of the information to finalise your manuscript.

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EDITING YOUR MANUSCRIPT

Ensure your manuscript is edited. This aspect is most important and it can be done by yourself or by a professional. Remember though, if you attempt this yourself, you will need to proof read it a number of times to be thorough.

A professional editor is available for consult with a range of editorial and writing services.

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IMAGE REFERENCES

Consider the placement of any images you might be including in your book after you have your manuscript saved. Before you format your manuscript to the correct page size, font, pt size etc and proceed with the book pages draft decide what images you want and where they’ll be featured. If you are not featuring any images except on your cover, skip this section and go straight to Set Up Options.

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SET UP OPTIONS

Now that you have your manuscript saved onto a computer in a suitable document file type and format, give some thought to how you’re going to start formatting and setting up your book page draft. There are different types of books and depending on how you might already have your manuscript file saved, you can take a few different routes with the set up and formatting. It is recommended you utilise the most cost and time effective options for your style of book and also the method that presents the least technical issues.

This will also be based on your existing computer knowledge and how well you might adapt to new programs.

But ultimately, how you go about it is up to you.

Click here for SET UP OPTIONS

PAGE COUNT

The page count is quite relevant at the beginning of the process as this goes a way to determining the cost of your book. Binding, size and paper stock are other relevant factors but page count is a big factor.

Now you have formatted your manuscript or done a sample page to decide on layout, you can calculate your page count.

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