- use paragraph styles (not spaces or tabs) to indent your paragraphs; every word processor will have paragraph styles so establishing your required settings once will apply to the entire manuscript
- don't use fancy fonts; most publishing houses will prefer Times New Roman size 12
- use italics only to place emphasis on a particular word to give that word or sentence a certain meaning. In some books, italics are used for thoughts, but if you have plenty of thoughts you may want to reconsider using italics as it may distract the reader
- use ellipses or the em dash when trailing off or when there's a pause in speech such as someone interrupting
- make sure there's only one space between words and after end punctuation
- use quotation marks for direct speech
- generally, manuscripts should be double-spaced with every new chapter starting on a new page. Don't forget to include your surname and the name of the book in the header and page numbers in the footer
To your publishing success!