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“You may well end up submitting the manuscript in two or three stages to the publisher rather than in one installment, and you won”t necessarily do this in sequential order. Regardless of that, maintain the same pagination system. Your word processing system will allow you to start with any page number you want in the header. Keep track of the first and last page numbers of each chapter to avoid confusion.”
Here are four tips to keep in mind as you prepare to submit your book manuscript.
- Don”t number the title page.
- Submit the manuscript loose-leaf in an envelope
That”s why the slug and page numbers are there. If the editor wants to put it in a binder, he will do so.
- Keep an original copy for yourself
Keep an original copy both on your computer hard drive and on a separate storage medium kept in a secure place, such as a fireproof safe.
- Don”t put any copyright information on the manuscript.
It”s copyrighted when you write it, and the editor knows this.
Begin numbering with the first page of the text of the book, which usually will be the introduction or chapter one.