Why to save as a Single Document File?

For optimum results and efficiency, your manuscript should be a single document file made up of multiple pages. This means it is all contained in the one file. If you have other loose documents you want to incorporate into your single document file, either cut and paste them straight in where you want them, or look at utilising the merging process. See Multiple Document Files information further down for instructions on how to merge files.

A single document file usually means a less labour intensive job overall.

Some other important reasons a single document file makes the most sense:

  • Ease of formatting
  • Calculating page count
  • Costing out book

The page count is quite critical information and vital to know early in the process. This way, adjustments can be made sooner rather than later. Ignoring an initial page count and just letting it roll means you could get a fairly rude shock at the end.

Not only at the length of your book and it’s production cost, but also at how much time you’ve just wasted!

Not having the heads up could mean you may not even be able to afford to get it printed.

Knowing the page count closer to the start of the process establishes a clear vision of the end product and it’s cost. Decide whether the overall price is affordable and if your book venture is actually viable. If you think your book is just too long at the beginning of your publishing journey, all is not lost!

You can go back through your manuscript and eliminate any unneeded content. This way you tailor your page count more realistically for your budget.

Sometimes a harsh word cull can improve a story and give it a better pace, at the same time keeping your back pocket in tact.

Things will most likely change along the way but the more up front information you have in your arsenal, the better you’ll cope as your page count blows out a bit from your original estimation.  And it will.

Trust me, it will.

More often than not you’ll end up with more pages than originially estimated so it pays to allow a few extra anyway.