EFA Arizona-Southwest Chapter Meeting for September
Manuscript Formatting and Styles for Editors: Why it’s Worth the Time and Effort, Sharon K. Miller, Buckskin Books
When editors get the first manuscript file from a client, it is often poorly formatted, an issue that can have consequences down the road for both editor and author as that manuscript follows the path to publication. It’s why Smashwords demands the “nuclear option” before converting a file to ebook for publication through their site. (Their instructional guide for carrying out the nuclear option, by the way, is 117 pages long!) This demonstration will use Microsoft Word’s styles feature as a guide, but the same strategies can be applied in other word processing programs (e.g., Open Office, Scrivener), as well as document preparation programs (e.g., InDesign.). In any program, manual formatting for font selection and size, spacing, margins, justification, indentation, etc., introduces a host of problems which must be resolved before the manuscript can be made ready for publication. Bring your laptop along if you’d like to practice during the presentation.
Sharon Miller (besides being your faithful scribe) is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in working with authors who wish to self-publish print and e-books. As owner of Buckskin Books, she offers editorial and writing services across a broad spectrum, including editing at multiple levels, cover and interior book design, and preparing digital manuscripts for e-publication and print manuscripts for print-on-demand technology. She is author of the Clay Series, three historical novels inspired by the history and geography of the Sonoran Desert around Tucson.