Earlier this year I wrote on the topic of Manuscript Writing – providing author’s an overview of the process and provided a set of standards for a properly formatted manuscript file.
As mentioned in that earlier blog post, a simple way to think of the overall book design process is:
- Write your manuscript
- Edit (structural, copy edit, fact-checking if needed, proofing)
- Cover design
- Interior layout design (samples as templates)
- Pour the manuscript into the interior layout design (templates)
- Proofread again
It all starts with the manuscript file. The effort placed in making sure this is done well, can yield benefits down the road – relating to the interior layout, editing and final proofed product.
5 Vital Keys for Effective Manuscript Writing:
- Utilize a word processing application (ex. MS Word) that allows for effective revision control automation, for editing and proofing purposes.
- Create a manuscript file following proper standards for maximizing editing, proofreading and layout.
- Do not attempt to design the layout of the book while writing the manuscript.
- Do provide “design notes” that provides information about key design features to be implemented during the interior layout design (ex. pull quotes, image references).
- Focus on your manuscript content – get your thoughts into words, tell the story or share your message.