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tarra74
08-27-2006, 02:12 PM
Now that Harlequin is going by computer count now, do they still want the same format of 25 lines per page?

JanDarby
08-27-2006, 07:36 PM
I haven't seen them address this, but I'd recommend you stick to it. That's pretty much what it'll come out to anyway, with standard formatting. If you get 24 or 26, I wouldn't stress about it, but if you've got something like 15 or 30, it's going to either look silly (on the short end of the range) or be difficult to read (on the long end of the range).

JD

Cathy C
08-28-2006, 12:23 AM
Good question, but I don't know either. Any of our H/S authors want to take a stab at this? Are you still submitting your mss. at 25 lines/page?

Sonarbabe
08-28-2006, 05:15 AM
Hope you don't mind my jumping in but the formula Susan gave me a while back me was:

1.2 margins all the way around
12 pt. Courier New
At least 24 pt. spacing

It will pretty much give you the 25 lines per page. You might get as few as 23 or 24, but the most is 25. It will make your computer word count accurate for the rough estimate the category line should be. My last story was just under 65,000 words (aimed for Blaze) and the page count was 309. Hope that helps.

Susan Gable
08-28-2006, 09:31 PM
Good question, but I don't know either. Any of our H/S authors want to take a stab at this? Are you still submitting your mss. at 25 lines/page?

I most certainly am. It just makes them easier to read. For some reason I sometimes run into a bug where the first page ends up with 26 lines, and the rest 25, but that's no big deal.

Like Jan said, if you start messing around too much with the "standard format" you run the risk of ending up with mss that are harder to read. The rule is always be considerate of the editors' eyes because they spend a lot of time looking at this stuff. :)

Susan G.

Susan Gable
08-28-2006, 09:33 PM
Hope you don't mind my jumping in but the formula Susan gave me a while back me was:

1.2 margins all the way around
12 pt. Courier New
At least 24 pt. spacing

It will pretty much give you the 25 lines per page. You might get as few as 23 or 24, but the most is 25. It will make your computer word count accurate for the rough estimate the category line should be. My last story was just under 65,000 words (aimed for Blaze) and the page count was 309. Hope that helps.

You're getting a variation because you forgot TURN OFF WIDOWS/ORPHANS! <G>

(And sometimes, it turns back on. So when you see a page with a weird numboer of lines - barring that weird first page glitch which I haven't been able to figure out - check the Widows and Orphans. Usually you'll find that for some bizzaro reason known only to Bill Gates, it's back on.)

Susan G.

Sonarbabe
08-28-2006, 11:10 PM
But...but... ah heck. LOL At least you can say I listened to you. <G> Does this mean I don't get a cookie?

Susan Gable
08-28-2006, 11:22 PM
But...but... ah heck. LOL At least you can say I listened to you. <G> Does this mean I don't get a cookie?

Nahhhh, you can still have a cookie. :e2cookie: You WERE listening. :)

Susan G.

tarra74
08-29-2006, 01:22 AM
oh good. That is a relief that I am doing it right. I just wanted to make sure I am doing it right from the beginning so that when I get further into the manuscript, I don't find out I was doing it wrong. I am on the first chapter (page 6 to be exact) and all the pages so far have 25 lines per page. I would have had more done, but my mom was in the hospital for two weeks and she just got out yesterday.

Sonarbabe
08-30-2006, 11:55 AM
oh good. That is a relief that I am doing it right. I just wanted to make sure I am doing it right from the beginning so that when I get further into the manuscript, I don't find out I was doing it wrong. I am on the first chapter (page 6 to be exact) and all the pages so far have 25 lines per page. I would have had more done, but my mom was in the hospital for two weeks and she just got out yesterday.

Hope your mom is feeling better and has a speedy recovery. :Hug2:

Susan Gable
08-30-2006, 04:11 PM
Hope your mom is feeling better and has a speedy recovery. :Hug2:

I second that! :)

Susan G.

Stacia Kane
08-30-2006, 04:20 PM
Why not just set MS to get exactly 25 lines per page?

Go to "Format" and select "paragraph". The new box will have an area that says "Line spacing" in the lower right hand corner. It's set at "single" by default. Change it to "Exactly", then use the little menu next to it ("At") to change it to "25 pt".

Exactly 25 lines p, every time.

Susan Gable
08-30-2006, 04:31 PM
Why not just set MS to get exactly 25 lines per page?

Go to "Format" and select "paragraph". The new box will have an area that says "Line spacing" in the lower right hand corner. It's set at "single" by default. Change it to "Exactly", then use the little menu next to it ("At") to change it to "25 pt".

Exactly 25 lines p, every time.

Ummmm...I forget why not. But there was a reason that the person who taught me how to format my mss didn't have me do it that way.

But for the life of me, I don't remember why. <G> If it works, use it! That's my motto for all things writing. :) If it works for you, GREAT! :)

Susan G.