It seems so elementary to put a heading on your work and to number the pages. However, it apparently is not, especially if you haven’t been to a conference or taken an online class. Or, if you’re not in a critique group. Sometimes even experienced authors forget these two things.
Just in the last few days I have received several proposals with no heading and no page numbers. Also important is the font – nothing fancy, just Times New Roman, 12 pt. This is what the editors want and what I prefer.
We like the heading done this way: name of the book/your name and I like the page numbers in the lower right hand corner. Why do we need this information? We have lots of manuscripts in our offices. Well, some of us do, others run paperless offices. I haven’t reached that objective yet. I like to read from paper. Sometimes I’ll read a few pages on the computer, but mostly I read from paper. My eyes won’t take all that looking at the computer screen.
I’ll sign off for now on my little rant. I hope this reaches some people who forget to do these things or ones who didn’t know they needed to do them. Probably the people who need this information don’t even know about our blog.
Blessings to all,