September 24th, 2010
|04:18 pm - Tapping The Editorial Mind|
So for those of you who might remember the whole Scheherazade's Facade project, let me assure you it's still in the works, simmering away while the stars align themselves for the conditions needed for release.
Now, this isn't to suggest I'm a slacker or anything, because oh no, we don't know anything about writers/editors who get distracted by shiny things and hey, squirrel!
As I was saying. I'm faced with turning thirteen stories into one manuscript. Sure, they all come in as RTF files, but apart from that, they're in a variety of fonts and type sizes, with the odd bit of formatting, and individual quirks. Does anyone out there have any advice on how to blend them all into one cohesive, sexy-looking manuscript? Is there a book, or a secret set of instructions online, or even just some handy tips and tricks? (FWIW, I do have an editor on tap, who I can ask, but he charges me in beer and has a life of his own, really he does.) Or is really, as I suspect, just a case of taking each story, adjusting the font and size and formatting individually, slapping it into one large file, and calling it magic? (If so, sorry to bother you, assume I'm talking to myself and/or gone slightly eccentric. Again.)
Until/unless I get answers, I'll be doing it the hard way. With gnomes. And power tools.
Current Mood: Squirrel!
Having done the anthology thing, I say that you look up the publisher's requirements for manuscripts and apply them one by one to a document composed of all the individual stories. I find using my wp's styles feature to help a lot.
Two things will happen if you mess up. Either you will get back a message from the publisher telling you all the things you did wrong, or they won't notice and your book will go to press like that.
I don't think I made one thing clear. This is a process done by hand, so build some macros or scripts in your WP of choice for the next time.
Well, this is mainly just a "Hey, I want to see the completed thing" from the publisher, so if there are any weird quirks, I'll have room to fix them. I still want to wrap it up in a pretty bow and deliver it with homemade cookies. :)
Make a few paragraph styles and apply them consistently.
Don't put in any special characters except italics (or underlines, your publisher will have a preference.
Remove all curly quotes.