Writing Books/manuscript

Advertisement


Question
Hi:
At the top of the page is the title name, page number, two inches from that is "Chapter One" and two inches from that I start. I don't know if that is the starting a third from the page. Some pages have more words than others, but after reading something on word count, I just changed it to 70 000 words when I had been writing it was 65,000 words. (250 words times 284 pages)

Thanks

Answer
It's perfectly acceptable to do the first page of a sample as follows:  
1.  Start with a 1" top margin.
2.  Double space twice.
3.  Insert book title
4.  Single space.
5.  Insert your name (or pen name)
6.  Double space once
7.  Begin the book.

The 250-word count method ONLY works if you're submitting in Courier New, 12pt. font with 25 lines on a page. That's tricky to do in Word or WordPerfect, but otherwise, the word count won't work. If you're typing in Times New Roman or Arial, this method won't work, so convert first to Courier and THEN count. It won't be perfect, but it'll be much closer. :)

Cathy

Writing Books

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Cathy Clamp

Expertise

I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

Experience

I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.