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                     W R I T I N G  W O R L D

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Issue 4:13          13,500 subscribers              June 24, 2004
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                           CONTENTS
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         From the Editor's Desk
         CLASSES on Writing-World.com
         News from the World of Writing
         FEATURE: Creating an E-mail Newsletter, Part II: The
            Mechanics, by Moira Allen
         The Write Sites -- Online Resources for Writers
         WRITING DESK: Numbering manuscript pages, by Moira Allen
         WHAT'S NEW at Writing World
         MARKET ROUNDUP/Writing Contests

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                     FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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Vacations: Lightening the Load
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Summer makes me think of vacations, even if I'm not actually
planning to take one.  And that leads me to think of how
differently I approach vacations from when I was a kid.  My
family had a thing for "roughing it" -- which meant pitching a
tent in the most out-of-the-way, mosquito-infested, facility-free
(read "no toilets and no running water") location they could
find.  Perhaps that has led to my current preference for
destinations that include air conditioning, soft beds and
restaurants.

What has really changed, however, is how I "capture" those
vacations.  My mother claimed to be a professional photographer
-- I say "claimed" because we were never able to find a shred of
evidence that she actually sold a photo in her life -- and this
meant "gear."  Packing for a trip meant loading up three separate
camera bags -- the Mamiya, the Rolleiflex, and a third bag just
for flash equipment.  When I say "bag," I'm referring to hard
leather cases about two feet long by a foot wide.  We carried
film -- a couple of hundred rolls -- in an insulated bag, which
we learned could be kept nice and cool in the car if we buried it
under air mattresses.

The fun didn't end when we got home.  Rather than entrust her
precious film to a photo lab (and given the results I've gotten,
I don't blame her), my mother processed her own slides.  In the
kitchen sink.  The "process" began with the mixing of jars and
jugs of toxic chemicals.  She even created a "changing bag" that
enabled her to unwind the film from its spools and onto the
processing spindles without needing an actual darkroom.  For
weeks after a vacation, I'd come home from school and be unable
to use the bathroom, because any use of water in the house could
upset the temperature balance in the sink and ruin the film.

At some point in my teens, I inherited my mother's Rolleicord, a
twin-lens camera that created 2-1/4-inch transparencies. I became
adept with the use of a light meter, with focusing through a
viewfinder, with changing film after every 12 exposures.  The
camera might have been 20 years old, but it took great pictures,
most of which I still have. (Try, just try, to find a scanner
that easily accommodates this size film.)

Eventually I "upgraded" to a more modern camera, but I was never
happy with the results of 35mm print film, even when it DIDN'T
get ruined by the photo lab.  Print film handles light completely
different from slides; in a slide, the light is designed to pass
THROUGH the film, while a print is "reflective."  I missed the
glow of slides.  Eventually I gave up on all but the most basic
photography (read "endless pictures of our cats").

And then...  Along came digital.  At first I was skeptical; as an
editor, I knew how difficult it was to achieve sufficient
resolution for publication, and I still clung to the fond notion
that I would be selling my pictures one day.  A visit from a
friend convinced me, however; I saw what her camera could do, and
decided, "I've got to have one of those!"

And suddenly photography became fun again!  I didn't have to
worry about taking dozens of rolls of film on a vacation, only to
have them ruined by a photo lab.  I could check the results of
each shot on the spot, and if it didn't work, I could try again.
I could shoot a hundred pictures without changing ANYTHING, then
swap in a fresh battery and shoot a hundred more before having to
change the chip.  I didn't have to try to plan how many rolls of
film to buy, or to stuff into my purse, or to worry about where
to find more if I ran out.  And instead of carrying three bags of
heavy equipment, I could stuff everything I needed into my purse
or even a coat pocket.

Best of all, I became my own darkroom.  I've learned never to be
too hasty about judging a picture "unusable."  With Photoshop,
one can repair underexposed or overexposed shots, touch up the
color, sharpen the focus, and crop out unwanted details.  (Yes,
there's an article in all this, if I can just convince a certain
writing publication to buy it!)

As I sit in front of my computer "processing" my hundreds of
vacation shots (I brought back more than 900 pictures from my
trip to England last summer), I can't help but wonder what my
mother would have thought of digital photography.  As a
traditionalist, would she have clung to her 20-year-old Mamiya?
Or, as one who had always gleefully snapped up the latest
equipment, would she have embraced this new technology with the
same passion I have?  I'll never know.

But I do know that digital cameras would certainly have saved us
kids a lot of backaches and bladder problems!

                 -- Moira Allen (moirakallen"at"writing-world.com)

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AUGUST CLASSES
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Enroll for any course and receive a set of Writing-World.com
Market Guides FREE (a $25 value). Guides will be delivered after
the class has begun. All classes begin on August 2, 2004.

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!!

Our three most popular courses are back by popular demand:

BREAKING INTO THE MAGAZINE AND PERIODICAL MARKET
Instructor: Moira Allen (8 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/magazines.shtml

If you've been trying to market your work to magazines or other
periodicals with no success, or if you're just getting started as
a freelance writer, this is the class for you. Allen will walk
you through the process of developing topics and ideas, preparing
a query, and outlining and developing the article itself. By the
end of the class, you'll have an article "ready to go" and a
selection of markets to approach.


WRITING AND SELLING EROTIC FICTION
Instructor: Catherine Lundoff (6 weeks, $90)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/erotica.shtml

For centuries, writers have portrayed sensuality and sexuality in
words to captivate, titillate and amuse their readers. Learn to
write convincingly about erotic activity and to incorporate the
erotic into the everyday to capture what is perhaps the greatest
intimacy their characters will experience. For new and
experienced writers.


WRITING SPECULATIVE FICTION: LECTURES AND WORKSHOP
Bruce Boston (8 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/boston.shtml

A creative writing lecture series and workshop with an emphasis
on speculative fiction. Our definition of speculative fiction
will be inclusive rather than exclusive, ranging from the
experimental/slipstream to science fiction and fantasy. Students
will have the choice of completing assignments or having their
own writing critiqued. Students will also have the option of
participating in an email workshop.

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CREATING THE "KILLER" CRIMINAL
Kathleen Walls (4 weeks, $75)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/criminal.shtml

Create a believable killer by learning the traits and procedures
that characterize a killer's personality.  Learn to understand a
killer the same way the police build profiles: By studying the
killer's crimes.  This course will help you develop any type of
criminal, but will focus on the more spectacular types of
killers, including real-life case studies as examples.

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FREELANCING FOR NEWSPAPERS
Sue Fagalde Lick (8 weeks, $120)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/newspapers.shtml

Newspapers provide an excellent opportunity to break into
freelancing: More plentiful than magazines, they require more
material, more often.  Discover the opportunities at your local
paper, and how to expand to national publications.  Learn how to
develop the kind of ideas newspapers are hungry for, and pursue
them through the query to the completed article.  Finally,
discover how to expand your newspaper career with additional
article assignments, resale opportunities, and by becoming a
regular contributor.

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HEROES, HEROINES AND VILLAINS:
USING ARCHETYPES TO CREATE DYNAMIC CHARACTERS
Tami Cowden (6 weeks, $80)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/heroes.shtml

Create dynamic, well-motivated characters that "connect" with
your readers by exploring the sixteen heroic and sixteen
villainous "archetypes." These archetypes will help you convey
the personalities of your characters, and understand the driving
forces behind those characters that evoke emotion from the
reader.

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RELEasinG THE BOOK WITHIN
Jo Parfitt (8 weeks, $120)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/parfitt.shtml

Thinking about writing your life story?  Or perhaps you want to
develop a business book, a handbook, or an anthology?  This
course will help you overcome your fears, unlock your potential,
and develop a nonfiction book that sells.

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WORLDBUILDING IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
Paula Fleming (4 weeks, $50)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/fleming.shtml

Can you imagine Lord of the Rings set anywhere other than Middle
Earth?  Settings are an integral part of science fiction and
fantasy stories.  This class will help you create rich,
believable worlds -- and make those worlds real to your readers.
Get individual feedback on your concerns and questions.

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WRITING AND SELLING MYSTERY SHORT STORIES
John Floyd (7 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/mystery.shtml

Whether you're a beginner or a well-established writer, this
class will help you develop and hone your mystery-writing skills.
 Find out how to write mystery and suspense stories and get them
published, from an author who has written and published more than
400 stories and fillers in over 100 magazines, including the top
mystery and suspense publications.

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WRITING AND SELLING PERSONAL ESSAYS
Isabel Viana (4 weeks, $60)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/essays.shtml

To write a personal essay is to embark on a journey toward
self-knowledge.  To sell that essay, one must be able to express
that knowledge in ways that enable the reader to identify with
the writer's experience.  Find out how to develop ideas, write
the first draft and revise it until it expresses your thoughts
in a way that is meaningful to others.  You'll also learn the
business side of essay-writing, including how to write a cover
letter, format a manuscript, and find markets for your essays.

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WRITING FOR ANTHOLOGIES
Stephen Rogers (6 weeks, $75)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/rogers.shtml

During this course, you'll learn how to write and sell to the
growing anthology market. Whether you prefer memoir, fiction, or
poetry, by the end of the class you should have a completed
manuscript to send to an appropriate editor.

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WRITING THE HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Linda Shertzer (8 weeks, $100)
http://www.writing-world.com/classes/romance.shtml

There's more to historical romance than heroines in long skirts,
heroes on horseback, and fiery embraces. Find out how to give
your plot, characters, dialogue and narration the special touches
that make historical romance its own, unique genre.  The course
includes a review of up to 50 pages of your romance novel.

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF WRITING
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Author success stories wanted
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An author is looking for self-published and traditionally
published authors to share their success stories. While the focus
is on authors who have sold lots of books, all submissions will
be considered. All stories will appear in an ebook and later in a
print book on the subject of book promotion. Share your promotion
stories, the good, the bad, and the ugly about your journey. Get
extra publicity for your book in the process! To request a short
questionnaire, send an email to: fabmansecrets"at"hotmail.com

Ellison and AOL announce settlement
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On June 8, America Online, Inc. and award-winning author Harlan
Ellison announced a settlement of their 4-year old copyright
dispute. Ellison sued AOL in April 2000, over concerns that
unauthorized copies of his and the works of other authors were
being distributed through the USENET newsgroup
alt.binaries.e-book, which was accessible through AOL and others
services. AOL blocked its users' access to the newsgroup
immediately after Ellison filed suit. In a statement, Ellison
said: "Through this litigation, I have come to realize that AOL
respects the rights of authors and artists, and has a
comprehensive system for addressing the complaints of copyright
holders. I would not have settled this case if I were not sure
that AOL is doing what it can do to fight online piracy. Because
not all Internet service providers are as responsible as AOL, and
because individual acts of online piracy continue, I am glad to
have called attention to the problem of online piracy through
this litigation." AOL Deputy General Counsel Curtis Lu said in
his statement: "AOL is glad to have played a role in confirming
the DMCA's limitations on liability, which are available to
services providers who provide access to content on the Internet
and USENET. Consistent with the framework of the DMCA, AOL will
continue to act responsibly in balancing the interests of
copyright holders and the interests of its members." For more
information: http://www.authorslawyer.com/c-ellison.shtml

Random House cuts ebook royalties
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Authors Guild (AG) is advising members of a reduction in ebook
royalty rates being paid by Random House (RH) on new contracts as
of June 1. RH had led the industry in establishing a 50/50 share
of net receipts on ebook sales. According to the Guild, a RH
letter to agents indicates they will now pay 25% of list price
until the author's advance has earned out, with additional cuts
thereafter. The Guild concludes that this means, "Ebooks aren't
dead; these royalty rates will matter. Random House clearly
anticipates that ebooks will be an important source of income and
has decided that the author-relations value of its ebook royalty
rates declared in 2000 is outweighed by the costs it now
anticipates those royalty rates would incur." They also advise
members on certain aspects of ebook royalties that may be
negotiable. Random general counsel Katherine J. Trager explained
in a recent letter to agents: "The costs savings that many casual
observers assumed would be realized in ebook publishing have not
materialized (i.e. the costs of creating, tracking, storing and
maintaining digital files in multiple formats, plus the
independent costs of ebook marketing and distribution); the
business has not grown as fast as many expected it would; and our
competitors, it appears, were not persuaded to offer the same
aggressive royalty that we thought might be appropriate for this
business. The industry standard has settled at or around 15% of
the ebook list price (sometimes less)." For more information:
http://www.authorsguild.org/news/urges_members_negotiate.htm

Self-published authors win ForeWord Magazine awards
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Four writers who published with AuthorHouse, a self-publishing
service, won awards in ForeWord Magazine's 2003 "Book of the Year
Award" contest. ForeWord announced the winners at the 2004 Book
Expo America (BEA) in Chicago this month. "AngeliQue Cherene
Shatzel earned a silver award in the fiction-romance category for
"Steal Me Away"; Brooks Carver won the bronze in
fiction-historical for "The Angels' Share"; Dominic Amadiwochi
won the bronze in the philosophy category for "Hegel on the
Negroes: A Victim's Interpretation"; and Kristen Hunter received
an honorable mention in gay/lesbian-fiction for "The Empty
Cocoon." A jury of librarians, booksellers and reviewers praised
the quality of their books saying, "each radiates a sparkling
uniqueness." For more information: http://snipurl.com/76tb

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CREATING AN E-MAIL NEWSLETTER, PART II: THE MECHANICS
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                   by Moira Allen (moirakallen"at"writing-world.com)

In the last issue, we looked at some questions to ask before
launching an e-mail newsletter. Once those questions are
answered, however, you still face a host of questions about how
to run that newsletter.

Choosing a Format
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Fortunately, e-mail newsletters are relatively easy to format.
You can prepare your text in a word-processing program, or
directly in an e-mail message. (If you use a word-processing
program, be sure to avoid formatting or special characters, like
"smart quotes," that don't "translate" properly in e-mail.) Here
are a few formatting tips to keep in mind:

* Keep it short. Many ISPs screen out messages over 50K in
length, so try to keep your newsletter around 40K.

* Avoid frills. Don't use fancy fonts, colors, or graphics.
Often, these won't show up properly at the other end, and they
can be distracting.

* Don't use HTML. While HTML can create a more attractive
newspaper, not every e-mail program translates it correctly,
which means that some subscribers may find your newsletter
difficult (or impossible) to read.

* Don't use attachments. Never attach files, graphics or photos
to your newsletter. If you do, you'll get irate letters from
virus-wary subscribers -- and many ISPs will simply route your
newsletter to the trash.

* Include a header that lists the title, contact,
subscribe/unsubscribe information, and a table of contents.
Include instructions on how to subscribe or unsubscribe at the
end of the newsletter as well.

* Include a copyright notice at the end of the newsletter, along
with details on how to request permission to reprint material,
and whether subscribers may pass along the newsletter (in its
entirety) to others or to discussion lists. If you have articles
from other contributors, provide a separate copyright notice for
each article (e.g., Copyright  2004 John Smith).

* Include the complete URL (http://) when listing links, to
ensure that the URL will automatically convert to a hotlink.

A final format decision you may wish to consider is whether to
include all your content in the newsletter itself, or to link to
additional material on your Web site. Some newsletters simply
offer summaries or the opening paragraph of an article, then
direct the reader to a Web site to read the rest. Others are
self-contained. This is purely a personal decision; some readers
prefer the link approach, while others prefer to get all the
information in one place.

Attracting (and Handling) Subscribers
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If you build it, will they come? Not unless you promote it!
Often, the best way to promote an e-mail newsletter is through a
corresponding Web site, where readers can learn more about the
content, read back issues or selected articles, and sign up.
Another way to promote your newsletter is to swap ads with other
newsletters on comparable topics.

Before you start hunting for subscribers, however, you need a way
to manage them. Unless you want to spend hours each week signing
up new subscribers, unsubscribing others, and purging your list
of "bouncing" e-mails, you'll need a list service. Fortunately,
you can get such a service free on sites like Yahoo! Groups and
Topica. These services offer free newsletter hosting in exchange
for the right to include advertising at the end of your
newsletter. Unfortunately, you have no control over that
advertising, so your newsletter on "heavenly desserts" may end up
with an Atkins diet ad at the end!

If you'd rather not have someone else's ads in your newsletter,
another option is to pay for list management. Rates vary, usually
beginning at around $10 per month. For example, Listbox.com,
which hosts the Writing World newsletter, charges $12 per month to
host a newsletter with up to 1000 subscribers. Many list-
management services also allow you to archive back issues of your
newsletter, or even provide a location to upload files and photos
to which you can refer your readers.

Making it Pay
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By doing it all yourself and using a free hosting service, you
can create and run a newsletter at virtually no cost. Many
editors soon decide, however, that they need to make their
newsletters self-supporting, or even profitable. If, for example,
you're trying to earn a chunk of your living as a writer, putting
out a free newsletter can cut significantly into your paying
writing time.

Making a newsletter "pay" can be a challenge. Here are the most
common approaches:

1) Charge for subscriptions. Though this seems an obvious
solution, in reality it rarely works. Since so much information
can be found on the Web for free, it's difficult to persuade
subscribers to pay for it. Worse, if your newsletter started out
free, it's almost impossible to convince subscribers to pay for
it later. (Many newsletters have tried this and sunk without a
trace.)

To attract paying subscribers, you must convince them that you
have something worth paying for. This usually means something
that they can't easily find elsewhere for free, or something that
will give them a return on their investment. In the world of
writing newsletters, this usually means market listings; market
newsletters such as WriteMarketsReport and Gila Queen, for
example, have successfully followed the paid subscription model.
AbsoluteWrite offers a free newsletter and a premium paid
edition, the latter offering considerably more market
information.

2) Sell advertising. E-mail classifieds usually range from $10 to
$50 for a one-time ad, depending on your circulation. A good way
to find potential advertisers is to review related publications,
and e-mail their advertisers to let them know about your
newsletter. Unless you have a circulation of 1000 or more,
however, don't expect to get too many takers! When selling
advertising, you'll need to decide on such issues as size limits,
placement within your newsletter (will you put ads "higher up"
for more pay?), how many ads you'll accept, and discounts on
multiple-issue listings. It's also best to accept only ads that
relate to your content.

3) Sell a product. If the initial purpose of your newsletter was
to promote your books or other products, then it is "making
money" as long as it succeeds in that purpose. If you don't have
a product to promote, however, you might consider "inventing"
one, such as an e-book or report.

4) Ask for donations. Many e-zines ask for voluntary support from
their readers. The easiest way to do this is to set up an account
through Amazon.com's "Honor System," or through PayPal.
Typically, however, this approach only works when you are
actively promoting it, and you'll find that your first flurry of
contributions tapers off rapidly. Some newsletters devote more
space to their pleas for donations than to actual information,
which doesn't tend to please subscribers.

Often, the most effective approach is a combination of approaches
-- advertising, perhaps a premium "paid" edition, a product, or a
call for donations that includes a "free gift" (such as an
e-book) for anyone who responds. Before you become too involved
in trying to figure out how to make your newsletter "pay,"
however, take a moment to determine whether this fits into your
original goals for the newsletter. Don't let yourself fall into
the trap of trying to put out a newsletter to raise money just so
you can put out a newsletter. No matter what your reason for
publishing your own e-mail newsletter, be sure that you keep
sight of those original goals!

Resources
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E-mail Queries and Submissions: Keeping Editors Happy, by Moira
Allen - http://www.writing-world.com/basics/email.shtml

Yahoo! Groups - http://groups.yahoo.com

Topica - http://www.topica.com

Listbox - http://v2.listbox.com

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Moira Allen has been writing and editing professionally for more
than 20 years. A columnist for The Writer, she is also the author
of "Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer", "The Writer's
Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals" (now available as an
e-book) and "Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to
Advance Your Writing Career". For more details, visit:
http://www.writing-world.com/moira/moira.shtml

Copyright (c) 2004 by Moira Allen

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WriteThisInstant.com
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An online classroom, a writer's forum, and blogs to help writers
jump start their writing and get published.
    http://www.writethisinstant.com

The Verb
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This ezine offers an active guide to better writing!
    http://www.readingwriters.com/TheVERB.htm

Abebooks
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A site for used, rare, and out-of-print books is now offering new
titles for sale.
    http://www.abebooks.com

For Writers.com
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Reference site that includes markets, research links, agent info
and more.
    http://www.forwriters.com

KCI Reader Based Style Guide
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Targeted for business writing, this web site offers an abundance
of grammar and style information. Easy access through an
alphabetical sidebar index.
    http://www.kanten.com/styleguide/frames1.html

Writers Free Reference
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A list of free reference sites useful to writers and anyone
looking for free information.
    http://www.writers-free-reference.com

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THE WRITING DESK
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                   by Moira Allen (moirakallen"at"writing-world.com)

Numbering Manuscript Pages
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Q: I am writing in regards to the novel manuscript information on
your web site. I had two questions. 1) Most manuscript
information sites state that the industry rule is NOT to number
pages of prologues and epilogues. 2) You are not supposed to
number the first page of each chapter, yet manuscript must be
numbered from beginning to end. Does this mean, for example, that
you go from page 239 at the end of Chapter 7 to page 241 on the
second page of Chapter 8, or do you continue where you left off
and number the second page of Chapter 8 as page 240?

A: I haven't seen this rule on numbering (or not numbering)
prologues or epilogues, but as far as I know, no publisher or
editor would really be that concerned, one way or another, with
whether you do this. If you are concerned about numbering them,
and don't want them included in the "main" page numbering of your
manuscript, use Roman numerals (i, ii, iii) for the page numbers
on those sections. (Your word-processing program should have this
option.)

You can choose to put page numbers on the first page of each
chapter or not -- again, this isn't a huge issue. No manuscript
is going to be rejected because of this. However, your page
numbering INCLUDES those pages, even if they are not physically
numbered. If Chapter 7 ends on page 239, then the first page of
Chapter 8 will be 240, and the second (and next "numbered" page)
will be 241.

I recommend learning how to work with your entire book in a
single file, as opposed to separate files for each chapter. That
way, any changes you make to any single chapter will cause the
page numbering of all the chapters to change automatically. The
way to make the numbers "disappear" from the first page of each
chapter (at least in Word) is to make each chapter a new SECTION,
and have "different first pages" for each section specified in
your header/footer format.

Keep in mind that this is one of the LEAST important aspects of
manuscript preparation -- as long as it's neat, looks
professional, and makes it clear what page is which, an editor
isn't going to get picky over how you do your numbers or headers.

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LENGTH: 2,500 words or less

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