When it comes to the appearance of a manuscript, agents end up seeing a variety of formats, including some horror stories. So how should you format your manuscript? Nathan Bransford, a literary agent with the San Francisco office of Curtis Brown offers the following “author standard” template.

1. A title page with the title and your contact information
2. Double Space
3. 1″ margins
4. 1/2 inch indent for each new paragraph
5. Make sure pages are numbered and don’t start over every chapter
6. Page break after the end of a chapter
7. And no unusual fonts, choose either Times New Roman or Courier 12 point font

I’m sure there are a number of other details but Mr. Bransford suggestions are a great place to start.

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.