Formatting Your Novel Manuscript: In Which, by its Nature, the Tedium Goes On and On, Tediously of Course
I'll keep this one simple. This is how to format your manuscript. If you poke around the internet you'll find a lot of contradictory information, as I did, but most of it concerns the subtle details and is of little real importance when it comes to submissions (as long as tweak your manuscript to follow the guidelines provided by agencies and publishers before you submit). These are the basics.
Here is how I formatted my manuscript, the state in which it now lies in preparation for an agent or publisher's perusal.
Always follow the guidelines of the agent or publisher you are sending your work to, but if they do not have specific guidelines, then use these:
The most important thing to remember is to always check the recommended formatting guidelines for each and every agent and publisher you submit to. Always.
This stuff is dry and boring, but must be adhered to. Be professional. And may the light of a thousand publishers shine bright and bountiful upon your most cherished of manuscripts!