Picture Book Format

A handy, thorough guide to formatting your picture book manuscript submission

Sub It Club

Lisha posted about formatting your novel and due to popular demand, today I’m posting about picture book formatting. It’s pretty similar but there are some slight differences. When you’re sending your picture book out on submission, using the correct format is important. This may look like a long list of instructions but formatting your picture book manuscript is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. There are standards you need to follow, although things can vary a bit. Here’s how I format mine (Just so you’re comfortable with my advice, I’ve sent to many agents and publishers this way, and my agent submits my manuscripts without a problem):

Page Setup

  • Standard 8 1/2 x 11″ paper size
  • Set margins at 1 to 1-1/2 inches
  • Times New Roman 12 point font
  • Black ink only


Always single space.

  • 1st page, LEFT

Legal Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code

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