Guidelines

Here’s how to submit your materials so we both have the easiest time possible. (Also, so I don’t have to charge you more for time spent doing cleanup, which is never fun.)

Cover Copy

For Cover Copy Surgery, you’ll send your (maximum 1 page) cover copy as a MSWord or RTF document. For Fresh Cover Copy, send me a synopsis (maximum 2 pages in length) of your book as a Word or RTF document.

Any documents should be double-space, in 12pt Times New Roman. Please include your name and the work’s title in the filename, for both our sakes.

Ebook & Print Formatting

For ebook and/or print formatting, you’ll send me your clean, proofed MSWord document with your manuscript, plus any supplementary matter (including but not limited to dedication, acknowledgements, epigraph, ISBNs, etc.) you want included. The supplementary matter can be in a separate MSWord document as long as both files are clearly labeled. I prefer .docx, but can work with .rtf if necessary.

Any documents should be double-space, in 12pt Times New Roman. Please include your name and the work’s title in the filename–we don’t want to lose any of your work.

Editing

Should I take you on as an editing client, all pieces should be sent to me in 12pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, and–you guessed it–make sure your name and the piece’s title are included in the filename. Like I said, I prefer MSWord .docx format, but I can also work with .rtf. It will save time (that you’re paying me for) if your files arrive properly formatted with Track Changes turned on. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of including a cover sheet as well, since I largely edit for clients who wish to submit for publication. Other good habits to get into are page numbers and a header (or footer) with your last name and the title of the piece.