A. A style book is a collection of information that sets out how a variety of language choices should be made in this realm.
--Please send manuscripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
--PLEASE PUT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AT THE UPPER LEFT CORNER OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT.
--PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR MANUSCRIPT.
--Please re-read your story before you send it. You would be surprised at the number of stories rejected because of too many typos, indicating no one read it before sending it.
--Please indicate for which antho you wish to have your manuscript considered, in the subject line.
--Please do NOT double space. Single spacing is quite satisfactory.
--Please add your 50-100 word author bio at the end of your story.
-- All right is ALWAYS TWO WORDS. Never one word as in "alright." No matter that Pete Townsend has sold a zillion records of "The Kids Are Alright." Here, they are ALL RIGHT. Always.
Quotation marks ALWAYS go outside the punctuation. As in, "I told him." NEVER "I told him". As in never, never, never. Always outside.
-- We spell out one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten. Everything after that is numerals.
-- When referencing time, say 3:00 p.m. (or a.m., as the case may be.) Or 3:20, etc. Do not
spell out numerals.(As in three o'clock -- please don't do it that way.)
THOSE THREE X'S FOUND AT THE END OF WHORTLEBERRY STORIES
--This is a holdover, and a handy one, IMO, from your editor's newspaper days. That was where I learned to indicate the end of a story with this mark "x-x-x." Some people write
"30" at the end of their story, but that is because they don't know that x-x-x means "30"
in Roman numerals.
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