How to Get Your Manuscript Ready for Publishing

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Assumptions

You must write the book to have something to prepare for publication.

I know what you are thinking. Your thoughts are everyone knows you have to first write the book. I’m assuming you have taken the time to finish your first draft. After you’ve written you can move to this step.

Today I am giving you a general overview of the parts of a manuscript and how to get the manuscript ready for publication, that is, how to really polish your work.

The Parts of a Manuscript

A manuscript has three basic parts. They are:

  • Front Matter
  • Content
  • Back or End Matter

Once the manuscript is written it is time to begin polishing it. Here are the basic steps on how to polish your manuscript. They are:

  • Using Beta Readers
  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Interior Layout and Design

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Next time I’ll look at the parts in more detail.

Author: Jimmie Aaron Kepler, Ed.D.

Jimmie Aaron Kepler is a full-time writer. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, to a career military father and stay at home mother. He lived in six states and attended eight different schools before graduating high school. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in English and Military Science from The University of Texas at Arlington, Master of Arts and Master of Religious Education degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the Doctor of Education degree. Before writing full-time, he worked as a US Army officer for 10-years, religious educator for 18-years, and as an IT software application engineer for over 20-years. He is a widower. He lives in North Texas with his cat Lacey.