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

You do not want your regular page numbering to start until the second section. Once you get to the page numbering menu, you will have to go to the formatting part to say from this section forward, or whatever term your software says. You can indicate where you want the page number inserted. If you are doing a POD book, it is better if the page numbering is in the center.

Do not hit enter at the end of a line unless it is the end of a paragraph.

When you indent, use the tab key and not the space bar.

At the end of a sentence, use one space after the period, not two like we used to use on a typewriter, for those of you who remember typewriters.

On one of your tool bars at the top of your screen, you will see a ¶ symbol. When you click on this symbol, all the formatting marks will pop up on your screen. It is somewhat overwhelming. It allows you to see when you have put two spaces at the end of a sentence instead of one, used hard breaks at the end of a line, or spaces for an indent instead of tabs. You’ll also be able to see page breaks and section breaks. There are many other formatting marks that show up. After the initial confusion, you appreciate what they reveal and help you correct your work. Then push the ¶ again and the marks disappear. If you print while formatting marks are showing, they will not show on the printed copy.

Careful formatting is essential for a professional book. Editors do not format unless they say they do.

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Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill