Who has information for a guy who wants to write a book?

I’m writing a book and I want to know how to get my book published. Knowledge about the book design, monthly salary’s will help too!

Answer #1

Well, to start with, there are no monthly salary when you write a book - you get royalties.

You can send manuscripts out to publishing companies, or you can use a self-publisher (they each have their pro’s and con’s, so you need to decide which one works for you).

This is the formatting guide my publisher sent me:

Font: Time New Roman, size 10 1” margin on all sides Paragraphs Paragraphs are separated with one paragraph mark (¶). This is also referred to as a hard return, usually accessed by pressing Enter on your keyboard. Lines within a paragraph must continue (or wrap) at the margin; lines should not be broken with paragraph marks or manual line breaks.

First-Line Indents The first paragraph in each chapter or part should not be indented. However, the first line of all other paragraphs should be indented with one tab.

Indents To indent a block of text, such as a passage from a referenced source, highlight the section of text you want indented, select “Format” in the toolbar and choose the “Paragraph” option in most word processors. Indent the paragraph on the left and right each by one-half of an inch (0.5”).

Single-Line Indents To indent individual lines, such as in a poem or a recipe, use two tabs.

Dashes, Hyphens, and Ellipses Dashes, ellipses, and other special characters are found under the “Insert” menu of your word-processing program, under “Symbol/Special Characters.” (See the punctuation section of Part III to learn more about when to use these marks.)

Do Not Use Double Dashes (–) to express a pause in a thought or duration of time. Instead, use the longest dash, called an em dash (—) or an ellipsis (…) to separate thoughts or clauses within a sentence. To type an em dash, hold the Ctrl and the Alt key and type a hyphen, or hold down the Alt key while typing 0151. See instructions below for typing an ellipsis.

Use En Dashes (–) (the longer dash) to separate periods of time or numbers. To type an en dash, hold the Ctrl key and type a hyphen, or hold down the Alt key while typing 0150.

Use Hyphens (-) (on your keyboard) to separate two words that are usually linked with a hyphen.

Ellipses Hold Ctrl + Alt + the period key.

Italics By going to the font settings in your word-processing software (under “Format” in the toolbar), or by holding down Ctrl + I, you may apply italic type for the following reasons:

* Titles of books, magazine articles, movies, plays, television shows, and other titles of major works
* Words with emphasis (use sparingly)
* Foreign words and phrases

Formatting to Avoid

ALL CAPS Do not use all caps for emphasis, for titles or for contents pages. WORDS TYPED IN ALL CAPS ARE DIFFICULT TO READ. Use italics instead.

Underlining Underlined text usually looks old-fashioned. Use italics to express emphasis or to indicate key terms instead, but even then, use sparingly.

Centered Text Limit the use of centered text. It looks overly formal and can be hard to read.

Manual Hyphenation Do not manually hyphenate words that break at the end of a line. Both your word-processing software and our book-design software will automatically hyphenate words when necessary.

Quotation Marks Straight quotation marks (“) are not acceptable substitutions for traditional quotation marks (“). When straight quotes appear, please exchange them with “curly” quotes (called smart quotes). Microsoft Word may be set to display smart quotes by default through the AutoCorrect menu. Please consult the Help menu of your word-processing software for more information. Or correct individual straight quotation marks as follows: for a smart open quote, press Alt + 0147. For a smart closed quote, press Alt + 0148.

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