08 Dec 13 at 4 pm




Formatting your Manuscript

If you’re planning on one day turning your manuscript in to literary agents and publishing houses, you need to make sure it’s formatted correctly. In many cases, your manuscript will be skipped over if it isn’t done to industry standard, so here’s the basics that you’ll need if you don’t want to be ignored. Before I get started, please know that this is aimed specifically at fiction manuscripts. If you’re writing non-fiction or a memoir, the expectations will be different, so it would be wise to Google what you need.

The Basics

  • Make sure your font is 12 point Times New Roman, Courier New, or Arial. These are the only three fonts you are allowed to pick from.
  • Your spacing should be 1 inch on all sides of the text. This is the default on most word processors, but double check your settings just to be sure.
  • Your text should be double spaced.
  • All of your indentations must be a half inch. Do not press indent. Instead, drag over the top arrow on the ruler to have every new paragraph automatically indent.

The Title Page

  • The top left-hand corner of your title page will have all your personal information. They want to see your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, the novel’s genre, and word count.


  • Your novel’s title is allowed to be between 20-24 point font if you want. Bold is also an option, but not necessary.
  • The title will appear halfway down the title page.
  • “A novel by [your name]” will be about three quarters of the way down the page.

The Next Pages

  • If you have a dedication, it will be on its own page.
  • If you have some sort of verse or quote, those will also need their own pages.
  • Do not include a page for acknowledgements.

The Chapters

  • Chapter titles will be 12 point font. No bolding or italics.
  • Chapters will start from one quarter to halfway down the page.
  • An easy way to format chapter headings is to press enter five or six times
  • Make sure you always start your chapters the same way every time.
  • When you start a new chapter, make sure you use a page break to bump the new chapter onto a new page. This will keep it in place so that it will never budge, no matter how much you cut out or add to the previous chapter.

Page Numbers

  • Page numbers will start with 1 on Chapter 1 of your manuscript. Page numbers will not appear on the title page or dedication page.
  • Page 1 will be labeled in the footer of Chapter 1. It should be centered.
  • Page 2 will be in the header of the next page.
  • From page 2 onward, your headers will be labeled like this:


  • If you insert a section break after the title and dedication pages, it will make it easier to insert the page numbers.

For the most part, this is the most important of what you’ll need to know for formatting your manuscript. I used this video as reference, so I’m trusting everything it says is true because it was made by an author who has several novels published, and because it was uploaded this year, it should be up to date.

But just remember, whenever you go to turn in a manuscript, make sure you check the website of the agent or publisher you’re trying to contact. They might have specifications that differ with the ones stated in this video, and you should always do whatever you can to abide by what they want.

Reblogging aggressively. Some publishers will throw your manuscript into the slush pile or, worse, the trash if you don’t follow their desired format. Spec fic publishers are especially strict about manuscript formatting.

Also reblogging aggressively.

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so my roommate often talks in his sleep

normally it’s just things in spanish, or gibberish, or fragments of sentences

but tonight his true colors came out and i hear him say excitedly

"Yeah guys, and now it’s time to Bedazzle everything.”

#leo valdez

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07 Dec 13 at 12 pm

Versailles in winter

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Versailles in winter
07 Dec 13 at 11 am

You all realize this is us in about 20 years.

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07 Dec 13 at 11 am


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06 Dec 13 at 11 pm

Asked by mercydean

asker speaky of fandom mischaracterizing i hate it when people are like "percy is so sassy" really no he's not pls stop and also they do it with rick too like gUYS HE'S NOT BEING SASSY GOD HE'S JUST BEING PRETTY BLUNT ABOUT THINGS DOES ANYONE EVEN KNOW WHAT SASS IS AT THIS POINT


does sass even exist at this point

No liz you have no idea. I’ve been fed up with mischaracterization and misinterpretation in the pjo fandom for a while now, especially when they mischaracterize my favorite miserable bitchy little shit from the books, Percy.

You want to know what Percy is? Mildly sarcastic, and bitterly at that. He’s usually making fun of himself or his own life when he does it and often times its in his head or mumbled so only he can hear. Its not because he’s trying to be funny or thinks he’s funny or wants attention or whatever, he’s fucking miserable and doesn’t know how else to deal other then to be like “haha wow its raining and I tripped and hit my head on a tree that’s just my fucking luck isn’t it” Like the kid dramatizes everything in his head and complains because he’s moody and doesn’t even want to be a demigod going on dangerous quests for gods he barely cares about! He’s not trying to be funny or “sassy”, he has a low worth of himself and is miserable pretty much 24/7!

And then the fandom makes him come across as this arrogant immature ass who walks around shirtless showing off his hot bod, as if Percy would be comfortable with something like that when he blushes at just the thought of Annabeth seeing him getting dressed in the morning or sitting on his bed while the covers are pulled up at night??? Yeah ok Percy can be kind of prideful about some things, like sword fighting for instance, but everybody can. Percy’s embarrassed about intimate, borderline sexual stuff like that and no way would he feel comfortable with everyone staring at him while he’s shirtless, he doesn’t even like attention! He blushes and stumbles and tries to get out of the spotlight when the eyes are all on him! And then he gets easily annoyed with people that act immature and don’t take things seriously when they should, like TTC hyperactive baby Nico and Leo, so I don’t think he would act immaturely himself!

And then Percy can be harsh sometimes when he loses his temper, but he’s not a jerk. Percy is one of the nicest guys you could meet, he cares about friends, strangers, and sometimes even enemies too! Almost everything he says to friends is kind and inspiring like wow Frank you were so amazing, Hazel no you are worth so much, Grover you’re the bravest satyr I know, Reyna that was so incredible how you flew here all on your own, go on and do it Clarisse I trust you, even when some of these people can be mean to him like??? Percy will almost always apologize when he makes mistakes and is honestly one of the sweetest people, he’s the kind of guy that will put on a tux even if he doesn’t want to and be kind and polite to his date’s parents and will blush and pull nervously at his tie when said date teases him and shows affection HONESTLY. Sometimes he’s too trusting and oblivious to the bad aspects of people and that can get him into trouble.

I just question if I’m reading the same books as some people. If you want to point out Percy’s flaws make sure they’re actual flaws like he’s stubborn, rebellious, reckless, a bit oblivious, got a hot temper, pretty internally pessimistic and moody, sometimes kinda selfish. And if you want to write about his character please understand that generally he’s pretty humble and nice and awkward and shy about stuff, and actually thinks a lot and is smart (did you see him in SON? He like figured out the entire quest before anyone else did and then continued to show how he doesn’t always depend on other people to help him out when he recalled a bunch of myths on his own) and doesn’t always have a witty comeback for everything and is the kind of kid who will stick up for the underdog and doesn’t have a lot of school friends and doesn’t look for attention and isn’t considered “cool”…I’m just so sick of this all being ignored and I turned this into a long thing oops oh well.



What even is that face hiccup… 0.oimage

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06 Dec 13 at 6 pm


I wanted to draw shirtless Leo beach AU for quite a while, so here, you can have it:3

They are totally riding on some island nearby..

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I wanted to draw shirtless Leo beach AU for quite a while, so here, you can have it:3
They are totally riding on some island nearby..
06 Dec 13 at 6 pm


Cause we had a beautiful magic love there.

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06 Dec 13 at 6 pm


Harry Potter Animated Series

The Houses

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