This is an excerpt from $uccess, Your Path to a Successful Book by Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill.

Most may think there is a standard way to format. To a degree this is true.
If you are going the traditional large publishing house route, the rules are simpler including a one-inch margin on all pages:

Title page:

  • Word count, upper right hand corner (in Word, go to tools menu, then word count).
  • Author name, address, phone, fax and e-mail go approximately 1 or 3 lines below on the left, if this will be submitted by an agent. If the author is submitting without an agent, it would go in the lower left where we show agent information.
  • Title and Author centered on page.

Title BOLD CAPS on one line.

Author’s name centered below title.

  • Put agent information in the lower right corner. If no agent, author information goes here instead of at the beginning.

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