Guidelines for Preparing Electronic Manuscripts

The closer these guidelines are followed, the faster your job can be turned around and the less it will cost. I realize that word processing programs allow you to do your own formatting. However, most commercial printers will have great difficulty printing from these files. Even today many typing traditions have come to us from the typewriter and its mono-spaced type and are inappropriate for the computer and its proportional and varied type. These guidelines will help to make the process of going from manuscript to printed project more efficient.

Learn to use tabs and tables. The most time-consuming correction—and the most error prone—is removing spaces that have been used to line up columns or move text away from the left-hand margin. And anyway, they will rarely line up properly on the printed page.

What to Format — Do

What to Format —Do Not