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Formatting Professionally

Professional Formatting

Why am I writing this post?  Mainly because I want to know how people format their books and how long it takes them.

I have seen people charge $25 to format and saying they can format in a couple of hours.  I’d hate to see what their work is like. I won’t apologise for saying this either.  I can’t see how a book can be professionally formatted and correct in this time period.  

My question is – What didn’t they do?

Is the paper size correct for the manuscript? (print)

Are the indents correct for the paper size?

Are the Headings in the right position?

Is the spacing the same throughout after headings, chapters and paragraphs?

Is each Header set up correctly? Does it need a page break?

Are the page numbers on the correct place for the client? (Print)

Do the Links work in the ebook?

Are the Chapter Links at the front of the ebook?

In print are the blank pages in the correct place?

Is the manuscript justified?

Honestly the list goes on. So many writers use TAB and Spacebar indents it can be a nightmare. DON’T USE TAB INDENTS OR THE SPACE BAR…EVER. Why? Because we have to take them out so we can format your manuscript correctly. Then there is spacing where spacing shouldn’t be.  How can you do all this in two hours for a novel.


Perhaps in a short story or novella. Certainly not with poetry or full length books or children’s books, especially those with illustrations.  I know on average we can take me from three days (this also depends on client replies and other work). We usually give a minimum turn around of two weeks to make both ebook and/or print to a professional standard.

Once the manuscript is finally approved by a client then an invoice is sent out.  We don’t work with royalties. This mean you pay once and we don’t take anything else. If you want to know what your formatted book should look like then go look at a traditionally published book – 95% are done correctly.  There are many variations and you need to work with someone who is able to do the different formats the client wants or needs.