Ask Daphne! About style

April 26th, 2013

I love when people ask my advice, which I’m more than happy to share here on the blog. So thanks, Callie, who emailed me with this question: I’ve recently been working with a new critique partner who has a style of writing I haven’t previously come across. Basically, she separates her dialogue from any action […]

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Ask Daphne! About a Different Kind of Formatting

October 22nd, 2010

Deb writes with a great follow-up to yesterday’s question about formatting within your manuscript, to wit: There are, of course, rules for manuscripts–each paragraph indented, double-spaced, et cetera. But what about when you copy/paste into an e-mail? Suddenly you lose formatting, fonts … what’s a writer to do? It’s true, a lot of email services […]

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Ask Daphne! About Formatting

October 21st, 2010

I’m feeling SO GREAT about getting back within my two week response time for queries that I’m answering TWO Ask Daphne questions this week. Wheee! The first comes from Robin, who writes: I am currently working on my second YA crime novel in which my protagonist is partially deaf. She communicates through texts on her […]

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Ask Daphne! About Format

April 21st, 2010

Double-trouble today, with our first question coming from Kathleen, who asks: When agents (such as yourself) request a certain number of pages to be included in the query email, how do they want them formatted? If an agent asks for 3 pages, does that mean 3 pages single spaced 12 point Times New Roman font? […]

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Ask Daphne! About Numbers

January 16th, 2009

Friend of the blog J.O. writes,”I have a question for your blog. It is a formatting question which, sadly, has me pulling out my hair. One of my manuscripts has a lot of numbers. Is there is a ‘standard’ in publishing? For example, do they use APA for numbers in fiction publishing or is it a ‘whatever works’ and ‘looks good’ sort of situation? Do you have preferences as an agent?”

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