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Manuscript conventions
9/10/2009 9:38:42 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

How to prepare your manuscript for submission and
other helpful hints.



Manuscript conventions

1. Always double space, even when you’re working on a draft.

2. Put a header on every page. Your name and title (or partial title) goes on the top on the left; i.e. “Smith, Red Badge of Courage.” Page number goes on the right. Space a couple of times so it doesn’t run in with your copy. There is no page number on the first page.

3. Start one-third of the way down when you start a chapter. Your editor needs room to write. Margins should be an inch, top, bottom, left and right.

4. Use courier or new courier font. New courier is kind of hard to see, but this helps to gauge the amount of pages your novel will be when in print. The amount of double-spaced pages would be reduced about two-thirds in single-spaced print. If you have 400 double-spaced pages, we’re talking around 266 pages in print. But, since most people have word count, you may not need to do this. Just count the number of words on a page from your favorite book and multiply. Genre novels tend to be around 70,000 words. Anything else, you want to aim for at least 100,000. When you rewrite, you’ll add words and pages.

5. Use twelve-point type face.

Writer’s library

1. Buy a good unabridged dictionary, Webster’s Collegiate. Don’t trust your speller. It’s often just wrong and doesn’t know certain words.

2. Roget Thesaurus. Don’t overuse. This is lazy writing. Try to think of your own words before you resort to this. Don’t try to get cute with the word, “said.” Readers don’t notice that word, but they will notice words like “responded,” or “retorted,” and that bursts your dream bubble.

3. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations will help with titles. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS is from John Donne; THE SUN ALSO RISES is from the Bible.

4. Slang dictionaries can help your characters sound distinct.

5. Encyclopedia. They’re more in-depth than the Internet and the CD-ROMs. You should be able to find a Britannica set at a garage sale. I have one I got in 1978 and I still use it.

6. A Bible. I use it for chapter headings and for religious characters.

7. Style Manual. Webster’s Standard American Style Manual is a good one. This will help you with problem words like “all right” and “awhile.” Believe me, there are lots of them and they will drive you crazy.

8. Think about joining Writer’s Digest Book Club or subscribing to Writer’s Digest magazine. See Writersdigest.com.

Work Habits

1. Go for a walk every day. Take along a tape recorder. Tell yourself when you start out that you will think about your novel and you will. Your brain is getting lots of blood so you should come up with some good stuff if you keep it up.

2. Record your dreams. This is kind of fun. You can even tell yourself what to dream.

3. Read newspapers every day. I subscribe to two and I’m always cutting out clippings.

4. Before he died, Norman Mailer did the NY Times crossword as a warm-up. Otherwise, free write. Free writing is like clustering or brainstorming. It frees the right side of your brain and gets rid of that little voice that’s always saying, “This sucks.”

5. Write every day, including Sunday. Don’t tolerate excuses. Get up early if you have to. You will lose your flow if you don’t write every day and you will regress. You will also find yourself thinking about your writing all the time if you write every day. Stephen King claims he writes every day except on his birthday and Christmas. He recently admitted he was lying; he writes every day period.

Query letters and synopses next.

Dave Schwinghammer’s published novel, SOLDIER’S GAP, is available on Amazon.com at a discount.


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