Publishing with Butterfly Press

Submitting Your Manuscript – Manuscript Formatting


Follow these guidelines to help make your publishing process move smoothly and quickly.
Manuscript Formatting:

  • We need your manuscript as a single word processing document created with Microsoft Word software.
  • Your book needs to be at least 48 pages or 10,000 words.
  • We prefer:
  • An 8.5″ x 11″ layout with 1″ margins all around
  • Single spacing
  • Just one space after all marks of punctuation (even after a period)
  • Paragraphs indented with a single 0.5″ tab (not the space bar)
  • Times New Roman typeface
  • Twelve-point type, and no headers, footers, or page numbering
  • Available for LSI, Sparks & CS

Done For You Book Formatting $297 $247

DIY Book Formatting Tips

Chapter Formatting

If you want your chapters to begin at the top of the next page, please insert a “hard page break” (CONTROL+ENTER) at the end of each chapter to take the cursor to the top of the following page. Keep in mind that hitting the ENTER key several times to move the cursor to the next page will cause spacing problems when your 8.5″ x 11″ manuscript is repaginated for the 6″ x 9″ book size.

Better yet consider using book templates. Busy professionals often use templates to shorten the learning curve or ease the pressure to learn new skills.

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