Many authors create their manuscripts in Microsoft Word, because it is a fairly versatile program. There are limitations to it though, and there are ways to work around those limitations.
Whether your intention is to hand your manuscript over to a professional for typesetting, or to take the task on yourself, you can save yourself time and money by getting started using Word correctly in the first place. If there is less work for your typesetter to do, or less work for you in the end, the savings will definitely trickle down to you.
For the next several weeks, I will cover some of the different functions of MS Word 2010, as well as some work arounds.
This week, we will start with setting a page size.
To change the page size:
1. Click on the Page Layout tab.
2. Select Size.
3. Scroll all of the way to the bottom of the sizes list and select More Paper Sizes.
4. Where it says width and height, select the type and put in your desired width and height. It will immediately turn it to custom size when you do that.
5. Make sure that it says Apply To: Whole Document at the bottom, and then select OK.