Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Business Of Writing: Formatting that Manuscript #MFRWAuthor

As an editor I see lots of new authors make simple mistakes when it comes to basic formatting and some those are time consuming when you have to fix it. Here’s one I see a lot. When you prepare your manuscript please don’t use the tab to start the beginning of a paragraph. Using the space bar to indent doesn’t help your publisher either. You should go into Paragraph (a formatting tool in Word) and program your document to indent for you. If you use .5 and your publisher wants .3 that’s an easy fix. All your editor has to do is go in and make the change in paragraphs and your whole document has been adjusted. If you use tabs to make that indent every one of them has to be removed. If you use the space bar to indent they have to be removed too.

Writing tip: If you can afford it, use some version of MSWord. The freebees out there are great but these programs can put weird symbols into your document when opened in Word, even if you save it as an RTF. You also can’t see any of the comments an editor might leave to help make your ms stronger.


Writing for Barbara Donlon Bradley  started innocently enough, like most she kept diaries, journals, and wrote an occasional letter but she also had a vivid imagination and wrote scenes and short stories adding characters to her favorite shows and comic books. As time went on she found the passion for writing to be a strong drive for her. Humor is also very strong in her life. No matter how hard she tries to write something deep and dark, it will never happen. That humor bleeds into her writing. Since she can’t beat it she has learned to use it to her advantage. Now she lives in Tidewater Virginia with two cats, one mother in law – whose 87 now, her husband and son.

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