If you used a Mac or iPad to type your manuscript, it will be saved as a .pages file by default. Before you submit your manuscript, you will need to first export it as a .docx file.
To convert your manuscript to the required .docx file format, please follow the steps below:
- Open your manuscript in Pages
- Select File > Export To
- Click Word > and choose .docx under the format drop-down menu.
- Click Next, name your manuscript file and choose a location for the file (now would be a good time to create a dedicated folder in your documents folder for all of your book files).
- Click Export.
Apple has more detailed instructions for how to complete the above steps on different devices here.
Note, once your file is exported to .docx, you will need Microsoft Word installed on your computer to open the file again.
If you are exporting your final, edited manuscript for design, then using Office Word Online should suffice if you need to work on the .docx file again (you'll need to create an Outlook account first).
On the other hand, if you have editing in your package, you will need to have the desktop version of Microsoft Word in order to work with the editor's track changes.