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Editorial Guidelines

The Editorial Guide is by no means a substitute for an editorial evaluation or an editorial service; however, it can act as a checklist to help you (1) include the right type of content in each section of your book and place each part in the appropriate order, (2) format paragraphs and characters correctly, and (3) understand and interpret the comments and changes suggested by iUniverse editorial evaluators and editors. In short, the Editorial Guide can help you create a book that is more compelling, effective and competitive.

The Editorial Guide is not an exhaustive list of guidelines. If you encounter issues or questions not covered here, we recommend that you consult the following main sources used by our professional evaluators and editors—the same industry-standard resources on which most major traditional book publishers rely:

  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 2003.


Parts of Your Book

This guide will describe the appropriate content and subject matter to include in each section of your book and will help you put all the parts in the right order.

Editorial Style

This section answers in plain English our authors' most frequently asked questions about punctuation, grammar, spelling and other editorial issues.

Layout and Formatting

Learn when and how to apply typefaces (such as boldface or italics), punctuation marks and indents to format your manuscript in a way that is attractive, effective and easy to read by reading this section.