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Proofreader's Marks and Submission Format

Postby JillStar » Sat Apr 16, 2005 8:22 pm

I was doing some author research today and found a website that included some formating and proofreader's information.

Author's Site:
Janny Wurts

Proofreader's Marks

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Submission Format

Page Format
Paper: 8.5"x11" 20# bond white paper.
Ink: Black

Spacing: Double Spaced
Magins: 1" Top, Left, Right and Bottom
Paragraphs: Courier 12 point Type Face

Indent first line.
No extra space between paragraphs.
Approximately 10 words to the line.

Page: 25 - 27 lines per page

Header: Include author's name, title and page #

Italics: Words to be italicized should be underlined.

Scene Breaks: Scene breaks should be indicated by a centered # sign.

Cover Sheet: Name, Address, Telephone, in upper left corner, single-spaced.

Title halfway down the page, line break, Author's Name.
Include notation of total number of pages in manuscript.
Do not staple, bind or attach pages; pages must be loose.
Last page of manuscript should have (End) after the last line.
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Postby xcheck24 » Sat Apr 16, 2005 8:24 pm

i cant believe how many writers dont know copy-editing marks these days....maybe it's because we live in a computer age these days. i dont know. but i was taught them early and have never forgotten them.
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Postby charlesp » Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:15 pm

there's a few of those I didn't recognize...

rom - change to roman font
didn't know the superscript numbers mark...
don't recall the move left/right/up/down or turn over marks either...
don't think I've ever seen the // "straighten matter type" one either...

and is "light italics" different than "italics"? and if so... what's the italics mark?




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Postby xcheck24 » Sat Apr 16, 2005 10:19 pm

there are a few that i do differently or have been trained to do differently. like i have learned that something circled means that you need to spell it out or the other way around.
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Postby Mlou » Sun Apr 17, 2005 7:41 am

Push down space that is printing....didn't know that one. still not sure what it means. Couple of others unfamiliar. Most just common sense anyway.
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Postby timberline » Sun Apr 17, 2005 12:37 pm

These are in my Webster's Ninth and probably most other dictionaries, but few people ever look. Why don't they teach kids this stuff?

The list above neglects the curve over a space to indicate closing to one en space between characters or words. Also hyphen should distinguish between en hyphen or em dash.

Another helpful mark is a W with a circle around it for a watch mark--indicates a problem you or the writer needs to retrurn to.

Re. preparing a ms for submission, sorry but I like the initial graf set flush left so a later break in the copy can take a double-double space and--again--a flush left line.
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Postby Mlou » Sun Apr 17, 2005 1:53 pm

It's in my American Heritage Dict. also.
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Postby timberline » Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:15 am

Proofreading an annual report at 3 a.m. with the web presses running, one of the accountants working with my editorial team asked if the period at the end of a sentence shold also be in italic. Proofing can make madmen of us all!

Right on, xcheck. You gotta communicate with the typographer/printer! Mistakes are always the client's fault because printers aren't paid to second-guess!
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