5 Vital Keys for Effective Manuscript Writing

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:

  1. Write your manuscript
  2. Edit (structural, copy edit, fact-checking if needed, proofing)
  3. Cover design
  4. Interior layout design (samples as templates)
  5. Pour the manuscript into the interior layout design (templates)
  6. 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:

  1. Utilize a word processing application (ex. MS Word) that allows for effective revision control automation, for editing and proofing purposes.
  2. Create a manuscript file following proper standards for maximizing editing, proofreading and layout.
  3. Do not attempt to design the layout of the book while writing the manuscript.
  4. Do provide “design notes” that provides information about key design features to be implemented during the interior layout design (ex. pull quotes, image references).
  5. Focus on your manuscript content – get your thoughts into words, tell the story or share your message.