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WRITING DESK: Formats, by Moira Allen
FEATURE: Working Your Booth: Ten Tips for Success, 
by Belea T. Keeney
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Ruffled Feathers

It seems that I inadvertently upset some people with my editorial
last month.  In my cloudy-brained, post-viral fatigue syndrome
state I honestly thought that my comments on Philip K. Dick could
be inspiring.  However it seems that my admiration of his ability
to write a short story a week and sometimes two in a day was

"Real writers write," was one of the comments I received on my
editorial.  Others said that they too wrote one story a week and
no, they didn't expect anyone to help them to improve it, they were
real writers.

Well, I certainly didn't intend to ruffle so many feathers but I
admit that mine were getting ruffled now.  Who exactly decides who
is a 'real' writer?

Here I am writing to you. Does that make me a 'real' writer?  I
guess not as I don't churn out a story a week. 

What about all people who struggle hard and make sacrifices to find
the time to write every day?  The ones who maybe write one article
or short story a month - are they 'real' writers?  I for one think
that they are.

No, I don't want to annoy anyone here but my editorial was not
aimed at those of you who write for a living.  It was aimed at the
majority of our subscribers who, like me, might not be able to
write full-time but who do still consider ourselves to be 'real'

Many of our subscribers juggle writing with another full-time job. 
Many also are the primary care providers in their family, looking
after children, sick partners or parents.  Others of us write
nonfiction to pay the bills but like to develop our creative side

The aim of my editorial was to show to those of us who are aspiring
creative fiction writers that even the 'best' practitioners of the
craft had to be helped a lot along the way and had to put in a lot
of practice and write a lot of stories before they reached the
heights to which we aspire. 

It was also to say that whilst we don't have the supportive editors
of yesteryear, we do have the internet to support us on our way. 
And whilst we won't all achieve fame or recognition for our
writing, as long as we keep on writing, keep on striving to improve
our craft then we are all 'real' writers in my book. 

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WRITING DESK: Formats, by Moira Allen
Should I put one or two spaces after a period?

Q: Is the modern standard to put only one space after a period or a
colon, instead of two?

A: This is a bit confusing.  The old standard, when everything was
typed (and therefore did not have "proportional" spacing) was to
use two spaces.  As an "old-timer," I still do this automatically,
and have never lost a sale because of it.

However, now that many articles today go directly from electronic
file to "print," many editors do prefer that you use only one
space. This is "typesetting" style, and since documents are no
longer re-keyboarded by a typesetter, it's easier for editors if
you use only one space.

This, however, is a very small issue -- it isn't something that is
going to matter in the big picture (i.e., will your manuscript be
accepted?).  Some editors may ask that a final version of an
accepted manuscript be submitted in a particular format; if so,
it's very easy to do a search-and-replace and simply have all
double spaces replaced with one space.  Otherwise, don't sweat it.

What is the correct tab length?
Q: The standard paragraph indent tab on my WP program is
considerably larger than five spaces.  What is more correct,
indenting five spaces or using the paragraph indent tab?
A: You should have an option to set tabs at any spacing that you
prefer. Again, five spaces refers to non-proportional spacing
(i.e., typewriter spacing).  It tends to look "large" on other
types of material.  I usually use my "set tabs" function to set a
distance measured by inches - i.e., one-quarter inch to one-half
inch.  Just make sure that something is clearly definable as a tab,
and that the whole thing looks good.

How do you create a copyright symbol?
Q:  Which keys make the c with the circle around it for the
copyright symbol?

A: In Windows, the only way I've found to do this is to go into the
"Insert" menu and select the copyright symbol from the Symbol
table.  On the Mac, you can do this, or use the combination of the
Option and G keys.  If you're trying to insert a symbol into HTML,
you need to type in a special code, which is "©" (e.g., ©
2010 would give you the copyright symbol followed by 2010).  Remove
the quotes, of course!

What do I do about slanty quotes?
Q:  I find that when using Courier and/or Courier New the quote
marks and also the apostrophe look slanted.  Is this ok for the
typing up of a novel as I like the look of Courier and the fact
that it is a "fixed space" font.

A:  Don't worry, "slanty" quotes won't upset an editor.  However,
you can also check to make sure that you don't have "smart quotes"
turned on (if you're using Word), in case you're going to send
something via e-mail.  

Should I still use underlining to indicate italics?
Q:  For a number of years I have followed the old rule of
underlining words that are meant to be seen as italics. Seems as of
late, I have heard that this is not necessary. Could you tell me,
what is correct as far as what editors prefer?

A:  The tradition of using underlining for italics arose with the
use of typewriters, which of course had no way of indicating
italics (at least until very recently).  Now that most manuscripts
are prepared on a computer, it's possible to actually use italics,
instead of underlining.
Some editors prefer italics to be used; others still do prefer
underlining.  Thus, you're going to hear both pieces of advice. My
advice is to use whichever you prefer -- because neither approach
is going to be enough, by itself, to alienate an editor if the rest
of your manuscript is worthwhile.
If you are sending a submission or query by e-mail, of course, you
should not use underlining OR italics, as these commands will only
end up being translated into gibberish.  When indicating
underlining or italics in e-mail, use an underscore character to
precede and conclude the word or phrase to be italicized (e.g.,
_this sentence should be in italics_).

Copyright (c) 2010 Moira Allen


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FEATURE: Working Your Booth: Ten Tips for Success
by Belea T. Keeney

As part of your marketing plan for your book(s), you may have the
chance to do some hands-on selling at a festival or event with a 
booth vendor slot. In the last issue, we discussed how to locate
appropriate festivals, make contact, and arrange to set up a book
booth.  Now that you've done that, what next?

Having sold books at dozens of events over the past decade, I've
developed a recipe for success and working a booth to your
advantage. With some basic ingredients and a generous dash of high
spirits, try mixing up these tactics at your next event and see
your sales go up. 

1- Make eye contact and break the ice. 
Your first goal is to simply get people to stop walking and look at
your booth and your books. A simple "good morning or hello, how are
you?" is one way to start. If you're at festival of some sort, ask
how they're enjoying it. Say it with a smile and try to be genuine.
Vary your greeting -- you'll get sick of saying the same thing all
day long, so try variations. When you do get someone to stop, ask
an open-ended question that can't be answered with a "yes" or "no".
"What do you like to read?" is much better than "Do you like to

If this is hard for you (and for some writers, it really IS hard),
work yourself up to it by greeting every tenth person, then every
fifth, then every other one. Most folks at events travel in pairs
or groups so you'll have wider coverage by letting your gaze
encompass everyone. You'll be able to tell the serious reader by
how quickly they come up to the table, whether they grab any books
right away, what sort of questions they ask, and how much they talk
back and forth with you. 

Some folks will ignore you and just keep walking. Don't take it
personally; besides, you'll probably never see any of these folks
ever again! 

2- Try to stand up most of the time you're "onstage." 
Standing and moving shows a bit of interest and energy. Of course,
if you have to sit, work on projecting your voice (events are often
noisy) and good spirits in your greetings. Smile, be enthusiastic,
engage the people across the table from you. 

3- Steer them toward your books!
Once you have a sense of what your prospect enjoys reading, you can
steer them toward your books, remind them that friends and family
may enjoy your book(s), or steer them to your fellow author(s) at
the booth. 

Get a book into their hands! Hand them one. (Most people will take
something handed to them.) Give them a sentence-or-two
synopsis--"this is about a dressage rider who falls in love with a
cowboy"--then watch their eyes. Once you see them start to skim the
back cover copy or interior blurb, SHUT UP! Don't distract them
from focusing on the book.

4- And, since you're probably standing, don't loom!
It's natural to lean forward and want to flip pages for people but
try not to invade their personal space bubble. Even though you'll
probably have a table between you, make the conscious effort to
step or lean back as visitors are reading so they don't feel
crowded and pressured. 

If they're really interested they'll start flipping through the
pages. When they look up, they may ask how much the book is. (Even
if you have signs up on the table with prices, most people ignore
them.) Tell them the price, (and it's ALWAYS a sale price for
whatever event you're at), let them know about any discounts you
can offer (three for forty dollars, no sales tax, etc.), and smile.
And ask, "May I inscribe that for you?" Always double-check how to
spell the name and sign away.

5- If they don't want to buy right now, that's fine.
You can still make a good impression and make a connection. Give
them a business card, a chapbook, a brochure, a postcard, whatever
you've brought with you to give away. It should have your name,
website, book title(s), and e-mail on it so you can be contacted.
Shake their hand if that feels appropriate, tell them how they can
order your book online or through a bookseller, and send them on
their way with a warm feeling about you and your books.

6- If you're sharing a booth with other authors, mention their
Maybe you've written a historical romance and your fellow author
has a science fiction story. Cross-sell each other's work if the
person you're talking to doesn't seem enthused about your title.
And as a reminder, if your fellow author is talking with someone,
don't interrupt and try to pitch your own book. Let your fellow
writer hand off folks to you. Of course, if either of you make a
sale; it's a nice touch to slip a postcard or bookmark from the
other author into the book you've sold. 

7- Make friends with the vendors next to you.
Especially if you're working an event alone, having someone keep an
eye on your booth while you take a bathroom break is a big help.
Offer to bring them drinks if you're making a food run. Plus, just
having someone to socialize with during the inevitable lulls is
pleasant. At the end of the day, get some of their business cards
and pass on their info to others. They may do the same for you. If
you find yourself attending events over time, you may see many of
the same faces year after year. Get to be buddies with your fellow

8- Eat away from the booth or at least out of sight. 
At the bare minimum, move your chair to the rear of the booth and
take small bites so you can swallow quickly and respond to someone
stopping by. People will feel awkward about interrupting your meal,
so try to keep the food out of sight (behind a chair or something),
and be ready to greet the public when needed. Remember, you've only
got the booth space for X number of hours so make good use of the
time you have access to the public walking by. 

9- Make notes about who buys the book.
What are the demographics? Jot down gender and age range, whether
they've got kids, what their interests are. If you've inscribed
books to folks, keep track of their names so you can thank them on
your blog/website/social page later on. The point is to educate
yourself about your market and your audience, give you ideas on
other ways to reach that market, and to make that personal
connection that helps you win readers and fans. 

10- Try to enjoy yourself! 
Make up stories about people walking by, eavesdrop on
conversations, make quick notes for story ideas, snatches of
dialogue, etc. You've paid good money to be in attendance; you may
as well have a productive time while you're selling books. 

By using these tips, working a booth can be a much more profitable
and enjoyable experience for you. Done well, working a booth will
earn you book sales, new readers, and good word-of-mouth. Combine
your enthusiasm and sales tactics with some energy and gumption,
garnish with sincerity and enthusiasm, and you'll have a recipe for
success at events!


Belea T. Keeney is a native Floridian writer whose short stories
have appeared in such varied venues as WordKnot, Sniplits,
Boundoff, Florida Horror: Dark Tales from the Sunshine State, and
Lycanthrope: The Beast Within.  She has received two Artist
Enhancement Grants from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs,
and works as an editor for Torquere Press, Samhain Publishing, and
select private clients. Time away from the keyboard is spent in the
riding ring trying to pick up the correct diagonal at the trot,
collecting caladiums, and pondering the beauty of tigers.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Belea T. Keeney

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DEADLINE: June 18, 2010
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