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Jacob P. Silvia
Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 06:29 pm:   

I have a quick question before sending in a work I've been ruminating over a bit, and that is: how typeset do you like submissions?

I know you prefer 1-inch margins, double space and all the other apparent data here: http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm

I also recall reading that monospace fonts are better.

Nevertheless, when I send stories to my printer, I run them through LaTeX, which does some pretty neat typesetting. I wonder if I should instead submit in in a raw-er form, or if it looking nice and typeset is all right.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 - 09:08 pm:   

Just follow standard manuscript format, which you can read about here:
http://www.sfwa.org/writing/vonda/vonda.htm

Raw form is better; manuscripts shouldn't look typeset (i.e., don't justify the margins, etc.).
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Jacob P. Silvia
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 06:09 am:   

Much appreciated. I shall configure LaTeX to put everything in the right place w.r.t. MS format.

Speaking of typesetting, what method of page layout/etc. does FSF use?
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Jacob P. Silvia
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 06:41 am:   

Also, JJA, this link was a great help! It answered just about every question I had about writing/submitting an MS to a F/SF market (but was too afraid to ask).

Now all I have to do is figure out what "grabs your interest." No help from Ms. McIntyre there...
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 07:33 am:   

> Speaking of typesetting, what method of page
> layout/etc. does FSF use?

You mean when we're typesetting the magazine? I'm not involved with it, but I believe we use QuarkXpress. (Is that what you're asking?)
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Jacob P. Silvia
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 10:29 am:   

Yeah. That's what I was asking. Sorry, I'm almost as interested in typesetting as I am in reading or writing.

Thanks.

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