Formatting your manuscript can certainly be a pain, but rejection hurts way more than a few tweaks here and there.
Surfing the web for a good “standard manuscript format”, most literary agents and authors agree on the following:
- Use a standard font, preferably Times New Roman or Courier. Aspiring writers would be surprised if the knew how many agents don’t even read a manuscript if it’s, well duh, unreadable.
- 1″ margins.
- Numbered Pages.
- Page break after the end of each chapter.
I found hilarious advice over the Internet like “double-space between lines not words”. Who does that really? Oh… I’m sorry, I didn’t know you… Well, don’t worry. Even Wikipedia has a “Manuscript format” page! Sexy former literary agent Nathan Bransford also has a few tips of his own (he does look sexy in that picture, but he is married girls).
Now that you have written, re-written, polished and formatted your manuscript as close to perfection as possible, do it! Send it out, and do let us know how it worked out for you!