12 point Times New Roman
Courier New (I don’t really like this font)
1 inches on all sides
Your name/Name of your book/page # in the top right corner of the screen.
Double spaced, the first sentences of each new paragraph should be indented (5 spaces).
Don’t put any extra spaces between paragraphs; it’s already double spaced.
When you use em dashes (--) don’t put spaces before and after it. If your word processor can make the connected em dash (—) then use that one instead.
Start chapters on new pages.
Center the title and start about 1/3 of the way down the page.
I use either # or *** centered as a scene break.
I’ve seen people do all sorts of things for this like ~*~*~ or - - - - - - -
I think it’s kind of distracting, and I advise people not to do it.
Then there’s the Cover Page . It’s more often used by people who are pursuing publication.
• Your contact information/ or your agent’s
• The title of your story
• Word count
A site that has lots of good info on manuscript format is William Shunn’s, although I’m not sure if the part about underlining instead of using italics is outdated or not. You might want to check up on that.