If you already have your manuscript saved on your computer in a word program, that’s awesome! But one of the first things you’ll need to make sure of is that the way you have it saved is suitable. If not, you’ll have to make some adjustments.

How is your Manuscript Saved?

The style of book you’ve written will probably have determined how you’ve saved your manuscript. For example, a manuscript for a novel might be saved as a single document with multiple pages. But a poetry book might be a bunch of separate document files or single pages and a short story book might be saved as multiple document files with multiple pages, say in chapters.

Whatever the case, for efficiency and sensibility, it’s preferrable your manuscript has been saved as a single document file with multiple pages. This means the whole manuscript is retained in one file. However that may not be the case. You may have saved your work as multiple document files containing multiple pages. So if you can where possible, merge multiple files, into one single document file containing multiple pages. It doesn’t matter how many.

If you are unfamiliar with merging documents, you’ll discover the ones being moved or imported for merging will automatically reformat themselves to the program setings of the already open document i.e. the document that they are being imported into. The merging procedure is the quickest method to combine all your separate pages if you have a lot of them.

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The merge option may not be available with all free versions. You’ll need to check that. If merging isn’t possible that way, the alternative is to just cut and paste the text from each separate document page into the one document. Then to save as a one file with multiple pages. It’s a little more labour intensive with this method but it is very straight forward. The formatting issue that arises with the merge option will also present itself here. So any text you import into a document via the cut and paste method, should automatically play ball nicely and conform to the accommodating document’s preset formatting.

Cutting and pasting is something you will do a LOT of when setting up a book so get used to it.

Practise makes perfect!

One of the main reasons for a single document file instead of multiple document files is because it will make a page count much easier when doing your initial book costing. The page count is a determining factor with book price so you will only have an approximate idea unless you have a fairly exact page count.

Also any formatting is easier when pages are all in the same document.

Whilst not impossible to work with individual documents, it’s not as efficient, especially with lengthy publications.

You may now require further information and instructions for your manuscript.

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