A Guide to Formatting
Your Manuscript

An Example

You can download a sample manuscript that demonstrates the proper use of Microsoft Word Styles by clicking the Download Formatting Example button below. In the example manuscript, we’ve built styles for four levels of headings, a Normal paragraph, list paragraphs, bulleted lists, numbered lists, block quotes (for third-party content), and key words. Within the document, you can click into the various headings and paragraphs to see the styles applied to each one.

Time to Get Writing!

We hope this guide to building your manuscript using Microsoft Word Styles has been useful to you. Please feel free to reach out to your project editor with any questions about Word Styles.

When you’re ready to start writing, you can use the downloadable template below to begin your first chapter!

If you would like to learn some more advanced Microsoft Word features, click Next below. This section of the guide will teach you how to create custom styles in Microsoft Word, how to create character styles to add emphasis to key words in your manuscript, how to automatically generate references and/or a bibliography, and how to create and insert custom tables.