The rain was delicious. People with umbrellas all colors of the rainbow were aood.

 shivering and splashing hastily across squares anl

 down alleys. It was cold and wet, but I'm so glad I went. The quiet sounds of the rain-washed water city, the sharp highlights on cobblestones and statues, the damp, order  

Formatting

      Specs: I work in industry standard formatting. The same format that is most widely accepted when submitting to agents and publishers. Check their specific submission guidelines, but if none are posted, or if there are not a lot of details, you can't go wrong with what's below.

      When you send me your manuscript, please adjust your Microsoft Word doc to:

  • name/title/pg# right header

  • 12pnt New Courier

  • Alignment: left

  • Outline Level: Body Text

  • Indentation: 0"

  • .5" first line indent (don't use your tab key!)

  • Spacing "before" and "after": 0pnt

  • spaced "Exactly 25pt" (this will give you 25   lines/pg with an average of 250 words/pg 

  • widow control off

  • 1" margins

  • .5" header and footer

  • titles & chapter headings on 7th line down

  • don't use a blank line to indicate a scene break, use a single "#" with no line breaks

  • don't use the Word symbol for em dashes, they're too easily confused with hyphens; use two keyboard dashes instead

  • don't use the Word symbol for ellipses, use three periods with spaces between each

  • and please remember to use your serial commas (the comma before "and" in a list)

*For an even more detailed explanation and example, check out Vonda McIntyre's handout on manuscript preparation on her website. It's awesome and very informative.

      Please contact me with questions:

joshua@essoe.com

Formatting