When I write my essay, I always have distinction between the header and footers and the text. Either by ensuring that there is a line space between information in the header/footer and the manuscript text or at the very least a line that indicates separation. It is not only confusing, but becomes quite annoying to read someone’s work and at the bottom of every page, looking like it is part of the text of the book is the author’s name or a page number. Visually, these things must be separated.
Speaking of those blank pages, format your book preview so that those blank pages are eliminated. Your book preview should be just that – a preview of the story itself. Too many times LK and I go to look at a book preview and its 15 pages consisting of a title page, blank pages, a copyright page, a dedication page, more blank pages, 6 pages of preface, 2 pages of an introduction, and then maybe 1 page of actual story. Even if I’m possibly considering a book for review based on the Pick Me query alone, if the preview lacks at least a good 4 pages of the story, I usually reject it. Since it allows limited number of pages for preview, create a custom review by removing all of the blank pages and acknowledgment, etc. pages from the preview so that the reader gets the most value content from the preview possible.
No preview at all is a No-No! It’s like putting your book in a glass box in an actual bookstore and expecting someone to buy it based on the cover alone.
In the synopsis on your book page, don’t be personal. Don’t tell how all of your friends/family loved the book and think that you are the greatest author. These people might think your book is crap, but they’d still tell you it was gold just because you are related. This definitely tells the reader that you are a rookie and have not had an objective assessment done. Maybe one of your relatives who read it and thought it was great was Uncle Joe in Butte, MT. So what? If Uncle Joe turns out to be a freelance writer/editor, or working for a major publishing firm, or anything involved in the writing game, then refer to him in that guise and not as Uncle Joe – it carries more weight.
Justify the alignment of your manuscript. Too many times I see that jagged right edge in PDF files, and it drives me crazy. This is a quick fix in Word documents with just one click of the mouse. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s a sample of work not justified. Check out the right margin…