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When standards collide

February 25, 2012

The distant thud you hear is my head striking my desk repeatedly, which I really should stop, seeing how it’s glass.

I’ve been trying to reconcile two websites, both highly respected, both by seasoned pros, who give unquestionably different directions on how to do standard manuscript format for submissions. Oh, don’t get me wrong, they’re in the same zip code, probably even with those extra four digits, but there’s JUST enough difference to bring out the Paranoid Author in me.

I guess it comes down to this for me: if someone is going to pass on my work because they don’t like the spaces before and after double-hyphen em dashes, the two of us really shouldn’t attempt a working relationship anyway.

The sites in question (both of which are worth bookmarking):

http://www.shunn.net/format/

http://www.annemini.com

Edit to add: and now most, but not all, of the question marks in my manuscript are gone. I don’t even want to guess what kind of search-and-replace snafu happened there.

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