Re: FORMATTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT -- Read this before starting a new thread on the subje
Sorry, Judge, I binned that post so I could center the titles (can't do that in edit mode), and started again. Yes, the word count goes on the right. When I said it was on the left that was because I wasn't paying attention to what I was typing.
Yes, the header can go in the top margin. And no, you can't use a footer instead.
Indent should be five characters. (It doesn't matter what you think gives a better feel to the manuscript. If everyone started making that kind of decision they would be choosing their own margins, fonts, etc. and there would be no standard format.)
I have heard British editors ask that you start the first paragraph of a chapter at the margin without the indent (as it usually appears in the published book), but I have not yet heard this from an editor in the US. I'm still using the indent, but you are in England so I think the way you are doing it is proper.