Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Formatting Issues

Now that the novel is finished, I have my most dreaded task still ahead; writing the two page summary. Honestly, I hate this part. What could be harder than summarizing your years of work into 2 short pages?

I'll have some tips and techniques for summaries coming soon, but before we get there, I wanted to clean up on final aspect of the Final Read: format.

I get asked lots of questions on word count for a thriller, font to use, etc. The basics of writing. The same stuff I had so many questions about. So in this post I wanted to clarify issues of page format, as taught to me by a New York agent. I wanted to do this in proper novel format, but blogger won't let me. Still, the information below is correct.

left margin: header: your last name/title
right margin page # at right, or in footer

(four or five lines)

Chapter Title (centered)

(two or three lines)

One tab indent (five spaces) --start first paragraph. Everything in a standard font, i.e. Times New Roman, or Courier. Always 12 point. DO NOT add an extra space after sentences. One space, that's it. Do not underline lieu of italics. Left justify only. Double space.

Indent each new paragraph with tab key.

Do not add extra double space between paragraphs, just indent.

One inch margins minimum.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Keep writing


Nadiah Alwi said...

I also don't like making synopsis on my long writing.

Just found your blog but I think I'll stay for a while and read your other posts.

Very inspiring.

Todd D. Severin said...

Thanks for staying, Nadiah. Hopefully, you'll find something fun, interesting, or informative.

Got the synopsis done and tomorrow it goes to the agent!

Happy days!