Writing structure

by Wickham
(Greater Toronto)

I am considering writing a non-fiction "How to" book. In writing the manuscript for publishers, should the lines be double spaced or single spaced?

Mary's Response: Exciting stuff!
I love "how-to" books, so I hope you're successful.

Manuscripts should always be double spaced unless the writer's guidelines for the publisher state otherwise. These days, most guidelines are available online. Be sure to check them out.

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Jan 22, 2010
Double Space, Always
by: Jaimi

You should always double space manuscripts, no matter what the subject matter.

Here's a very good article on manuscript formats:


You may already know this, but with a non-fiction, how-to type of book, most editors require a proposal first. They're going to want to know your "platform," i.e., your qualifications for writing this particular kind of book and what you've already done to build an awareness of yourself in that particular niche.
Publishing these days is increasingly like the rest of the entertainment industry...who you are will do more to sell your book to a publishing company than what you're writing about.

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