I know what it’s like to get submissions sent in all kinds of ways and formats and then have to spend time reformatting the submission until it is in a state where I can begin my work. It can be time consuming, and it prevents me from doing more important work—like editing your manuscript.

So, I’ve stopped doing it—for free, anyway.

If you still prefer not to do the formatting yourself, I charge a convenience fee to do it for you.

The following submission guidelines apply for free sample edits and for editing services:

  • MS Word document (.docx, .doc) or MS Word compatible. Sorry, I don’t use Mac or work with PDFs.
  • 1-inch margins all around
  • 1.5 or double line spacing
  • No additional line spacing between paragraphs
  • 0.5 inch paragraph indents not tabbed indents
  • Page breaks at the end of every chapter. Do not hard return to the end of the page
  • 12-point font size
  • “Basic” fonts like Times New Roman, Arial, Courier, Palatino, Georgia. Nothing fancy.
  • Center your chapter headings/subheadings without paragraph indents
  • Page numbering either in the header or footer.

Questions about the above? Just ask!

“You’re just an editor! Why do you have submission guidelines?”

I may be “just an editor,” but I’m also a publisher and an author. I have submission guidelines to save me time and you money. You will find that they are very similar to what is commonly known as “Standard Manuscript Format.” These are so standard, there are books and even a Wikipedia page about them. Every author should be somewhat familiar with them.

“Do I have to follow these guidelines? Why are you being so picky?”

No, you don’t. But, just like filling in a job application, following these guidelines tell me if:

  1. you can follow instructions
  2. you are teachable
  3. you will at least listen to the suggestions I make.

Imagine if you’re trying to impress a major publisher or agent or submit an entry into a prestigious competition/publication—and you ignore their guidelines because you didn’t feel it was worth the effort.

There are authors who do ignore these simple requests and they wonder why they get rejected. Sometimes it’s not the “gatekeepers” keeping your work from being published.

I’m not sayin’… I’m just sayin’….