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Paperback Manuscript Formatting Basics

Follow the steps below to turn a manuscript written in Microsoft Word into a PDF ready to be uploaded to KDP. The information we give in this guide is specific to the 2016 version of Word, but the steps are similar in most versions. Depending on your book, some steps may be unnecessary--e.g., if your book doesn't have images.
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Video: Setting page size, margins, and bleed in Word

Before you start:

Step 1: Format your front matter

Step 2: Set trim size

Step 3: Set margins

Step 4: Indent paragraphs, set line spacing, and add page breaks

Step 5: Style chapter titles and add drop caps

Step 6: Add page numbers

Step 7: Add images

Step 8: Prepublication checklist

Step 9: Save manuscript as a PDF

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