f Self-Publish-Books are to design your book, you should provide your text unformatted, that is without attempting to lay out the pages the way you expect that they will appear in the finished book.
This applies for example to typing headings all in capitals – it is much easier to capitalise a heading if the design warrants this than it is to do the reverse to a heading that has been supplied as all capitals.
The one exception to this rule is where you want an extra paragraph space. In this situation you should insert this extra blank line. This is often used where, for example, there is a movement of time or location but it is not a new chapter.
Do leave the text ragged on the right.
Do indent each new paragraph that you want to be indented with one tab space.
Do add an extra line return only where you want extra paragraph space.
Do apply bold and italic where required.
. . . and Don’ts
Don’t insert headers, footers, or page number into the main run of text.
Don’t use forced line breaks ie the Enter or Return key at ends of lines – other than at ends of paragraphs.
Don’t justify the text.
Don’t use tabs, except at the beginning of each new paragraph that you want to be indented or in tabbed tables.
Don’t use more than one space between words and sentences.
Don’t ‘design’ the pages. Anything other than basic formatting will be removed when we lay out the pages and then any design elements will be reinstated by us.
Don’t use hyphens to break words at the end of lines.
Don’t use ALL CAPITALS. It is easy for us to convert to all capitals but much more time consuming for us to make lowercase with capital first letters. More often than not we will use bold Capitals and Lowercase rather than ALL CAPITALS to emphasise in text.
It will be assumed that you own the copyright to the manuscript supplied and that, where applicable, you have obtained written permission to use material referenced from work other than your own, and have made suitable acknowledgement in the text. Similarly, it will be assumed that you have ensured that there is nothing libellous in your manuscript.