4. Use only white paper for the manuscript and proper business stationery for the cover letter. Don’t send work in cutesy kitten envelopes etc. even if your book happens to be about kittens. The publisher will not care about your clever associations because they will not likely read the story.
5. Number your pages and include a header with your last name, a word from the title , and page number. If your busy editor drops a pile of manuscripts on the floor, or if her children rearrange them for her, you want it to be quickly reassembled in order.
I know, word processors today can count the words in a manuscript with one simple click. But publishers have their own system. They're not interested so much in the actual number of words you've written but how much paper they need to print them on. When you follow the standard manuscript format, you will have an average of 10 words per line (assuming an average of five letters and one space per word). You will also have an average of 25 lines per page. Therefore, publishers can assume there are 250 words per page. Simple, eh? If you use the correct font, one in which each letter takes up the same amount of space, it becomes very easy for the publisher to know how many pages the final book will need.
This is a guide only. It is not meant to write the report for you. It gives you a format or template for writing your own report.
The original draft was developed by a teacher friend of mine to use with her own students. I have made a few additional enhancements which I believe make the model more clear and complete.
A note of caution here. Your instructor may have another book report format that he/she prefers. So, make sure they approve of this format before using it.
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