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25
Jan
12

Regurgitation Wednesday: How do you Space?

Welcome Back to regurgitation Wednesday and today we are going to attack the idea: how many spaces goes after the period before the start of a new sentence. Depending on your age, I’m sure some of you all took a keyboarding class or two. If not I’m sure you have used a typewriter before the fancy dancy computers came along.  In the good old days, two spaces were the norm, because of the font typewriters used, it helped to visually see where a sentence began and ended. So we adopted the two space rule.

But with everything, times have changed. In E-Publishing the rule is one space after the period. And this comes partically from formatting issue when converting files into publishable formats that we all love to read on our readers. Not only does it come down to a formatting issue, it comes down to the font issue. With technology, comes change. Now we have multiple readers, multiple fonts and multiple hands changing the details. We no longer need the extra space for our eyes to distinguish sentences.

Try this challenge, ask those around you… how many spaces do you put between sentences? You’ll be surprised. More than surprised. The reason for this regurgitation topic came from my RWA chapter loop buzz. This weekend one of the members sent a link to a wonderful article on the dreaded space question and oh my, my, my did it cause a flurry of emails. All good.

We have multi-published authors in our group and they all had different ideas on space. Most in the e-publish arena use one space, and most with the traditional use two. One just had her rights reverted back to her books so she can now put her back list up as e-books. She had to take all the extra spaces out of her novels.  As you can see the issue that enslues because more and more publishers have e-book clauses now. And to have e-book formatting you’ll need a single space. You could just image the emails. Whose doing it wrong and whose doing it right… Well once again it will depend on the Publisher. In my experience with e-publishing I’ve had to take out all the double spaces after the period. Typically you can find and replace the spaces with the edit function in the most software. And then, train yourself not to add the extra space. Try as you might, but try.

Here are two websites that just get the conversion going. Enjoy.

Thank you for regurgitating with me, come back the next topic.

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08
Feb
11

Harlequin Who?

As I have mentioned before I submitted to Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write, along with hundreds if not thousands of other hopefuls.  Who won’t submit with the promise of “we’ll get back to you in a little over a month.” Ok, I was a little nervous. Who won’t be, this was my first submit to a major player in the publishing business. I worked on my Query, my synopsis and my first chapter, revised, reread, revised. All my critique partners did the SYTYCW as a goal of sorts and we each helped with content and line edits.  It’s a learning experience to no end. 

I wish I could say I was one of the few hopefuls who received a revision request or the golden ticket per say, but I was just like the majority of hopefuls, and received the rejection letter. It didn’t hurt, it stung but the letter pointed out a problem with my story, one I had a feeling about,  and one that I can fix.  One day, my MSS is going to be strong enough and the right publishing house and editor is going to love it.  Positive Outcomes only. 

The one bright spark out of this whole adventure is my dear Hubby.  I told him about my rejection and the conversation with like this:

“What did you do this week?” My Hubby said.

“Wrote, Carted the kids around. Got rejected by Harlequin.” Shrugged my shoulders.
With brows pinched together he said, “Who’s Harlequin?”

It took me  a moment, shook my head. “A major Publishing house specializes in Romance Novels. The little books in all the stores, gas stations… been around for decades.”

“Really?”

“Really.” I shrugged.

“Nice.” Then he patted me on the back and said, “You aren’t doing something right unless you’ve been rejected a 1,000 times.”

And he’s right. So to all my fellow comrades in the SYTYCW, pull out your MSS, look at it, read it… fix it or more on, because Rejection is a learning experience one we all must live through at least a 1,000 times in a lifetime before we do it right.  Besides Practice makes perfect. Fingers to a keyboard, head in the creative space and write on my friend… write on.




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