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More on formatting...
While we are talking about formatting, here is another tip.
(These are if you use MS Word for your manuscript.)
This is important — Use STYLES!
I use Styles for the following:
— COPYRIGHT PAGE — Set up a style with the font and font size you like to use for that page.
— CENTERING — My research has shown that you should use a style for centering any text in your file, instead of using the shortcut button to center. This allows you to make sure your text is centered on the page WITHOUT an indent. Every wonder why you were certain you had centered something, only to find that it seems to be a little to the right and off-centered? Yeah, that.
— FIRST PARAGRAPH — Since I now do a fully justified / no indent first paragraph of each chapter, I have a style for that, too. No, I didn't say 'I have an app for that...' but close. You can also use this for the first paragraph for each scene, too.
— HEADING 1 — This is the style I have set up with the font, size, and spacing I want to use for chapter heads. This is what will link to Word's automatic Table of Contents, which is what I use for a ToC most of the time.
— NORMAL — This should be set up with the font, size, spacing, indent, etc. you will be using for the body of your manuscript.
It is within these styles where you will make them centered where you want items centered, like for your copyright page and chapter headings. It is also where you will change the justification of the main text.
I have a template I created for eBooks with left justified/ragged right. When I'm ready to format for print, I change the First Para Style and the Normal Style to justified. By changing the styles once, it will change all uses of said style at the same time, making the life of your formatter much simpler.
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