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Step-By-Step Paperback Manuscript Formatting Guide (Beta)

We've created this step-by-step guide to help you format your paperback manuscript. We recommend that you write your book in Microsoft Word. The tips we give in this guide are specific to Word 2013, but the steps are similar in most versions. For your convenience, we've also created formatted templates in a variety of trim sizes. For in-depth information on formatting paperbacks, see our Publishing Guidelines.

Once you publish your paperback, your book files will undergo a final review. Before you publish, review these tips for avoiding common file rejections: 

Mismatch in book details
Misleading book details
Illegible text


Step 1: Add pages numbers

Step 2: Indent paragraphs

Step 3: Paragraph spacing

Step 4: Justify text

Step 5: Set page size

Step 6: Set margins

Step 7: Save file as a PDF

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