Archive for the ‘Formatting/Punctuation/Grammar’ Category

re: Are Footnoted Illustration Notes the New Vogue?

posted 12/3/14

Dear Editor…

I know illustration notes should only be used when absolutely necessary in picture book manuscripts, but I do have a few manuscripts that need them. I’ve recently seen them noted as footnotes rather than italicized text between brackets. What do you think of this?

Sincerely,
Wendy

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re: Does Paragraph Length Matter?

posted 10/9/14

Dear Editor…

Do paragraphs have to be the same size?

Sincerely,
Adele

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re: Is Kindle Singles Right for My Middle Grade Mystery?

posted 8/11/14

Dear Editor…

What do you think about selling a middle grade mystery on Kindle Singles? I’m not sure how one finds buyers after putting it on there. Also would an agent consider looking at it if it was on Kindle Singles?

Thanks,
M.G. Mystery Writer

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re: How Do I Format the Line Spacing to Indicate a Mid-Scene Break?

posted 7/13/14

Dear Editor…

The question I have relates to formatting. I can’t seem to find the standard for what I’m trying to do in my manuscript and would appreciate any suggestions you have on this. Here goes: I know how to format a scene break. But I have a few scenes where I play with line spacing within the scene. Basically, the effect I want is a blank line between paragraphs. How do I indicate (within a scene) that the line space is intentional? Then, would I indent the first paragraph after each line space or place it flush left like the first paragraph after a scene break?

Thanks,
Space Case

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re: Do I Capitalize “God” in Dialogue and Internal Thoughts?

posted 4/14/14

Dear Editor…

When using the word God in a dialogue sentence or thought, like Oh my G** or G**d***it, must I capitalize it? In my faith I’m taught not to use the Lord’s name in vain, but using curse words is true to my character. I’ve seen it both ways and I feel better when I leave it lower case because it could mean any god not my God.

Thanks,
L.

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re: Can I Use a Symbol in My Title?

posted 1/27/14

Dear Editor…

The title of my current WIP is the name of a fictional corporation, followed by ™. I’m concerned that, in queries, this will look like I’m trying to protect my title from the agent or editor — which I know is a very unprofessional thing to do. How do I clearly communicate that the ™ is part of the title?

Thanks,
Darin

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re: How Do I Format My Chapter Titles and Numbers?

posted 11/22/13

Dear Editor…

How should I format chapter numbers and titles? Should there be a certain number of spaces before and after? I’d appreciate any insight you’d be willing to share.

Sincerely,
Myrna

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Guest Editor Robin Cruise: “onto” versus “on to”

posted 9/16/13

Dear Editor…

Which is right?

1) Jane stepped onto the patio.
2) Jane stepped on to the patio.

My net surfing tells me #1 is right, that if a person or thing is “upon” a concrete object, you can use “onto” and reserve “on to” for things non-concrete or metaphorical, like “Please move on to the next topic.” Is there a net site I could use as a reference?

Thanks so much,
All Mixed Up

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re: What’s the Rule for Indenting First Paragraphs?

posted 7/31/13

Dear Editor…

Is there a rule that says the first paragraph of a new chapter should NOT be indented? Or is the decision to indent or not indent the first paragraph solely a case-by-case design decision?

Thanks,
Kate

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re: Making an Interruption FEEL Like an Interruption

posted 10/10/12

Dear Editor…

My critique group has a debate going on about how to punctuate dialogue when the speaker is interrupted versus when they let their words trail off. Can you clarify the correct punctuation?

Sue

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