Literary Feuds of 2013
The scuffles, controversies, and feisty debates that have helped keep the literary world lively over the past year.
Fight fight fight fight!
But actually, all of these are really good. A lot of them are about female writers sticking up for themselves against people who are being dicks.
@realjohngreen Radar’s parents’ collection may not be complete!
(This also makes me wonder how often John Green gets tweeted black Santa photos.)
Formatting your Manuscript
If you’re planning on one day turning your manuscript in to literary agents and publishing houses, you need to make sure it’s formatted correctly. In many cases, your manuscript will be skipped over if it isn’t done to industry standard, so here’s the basics that you’ll need if you don’t want to be ignored. Before I get started, please know that this is aimed specifically at fiction manuscripts. If you’re writing non-fiction or a memoir, the expectations will be different, so it would be wise to Google what you need.
- Make sure your font is 12 point Times New Roman, Courier New, or Arial. These are the only three fonts you are allowed to pick from.
- Your spacing should be 1 inch on all sides of the text. This is the default on most word processors, but double check your settings just to be sure.
- Your text should be double spaced.
- All of your indentations must be a half inch. Do not press indent. Instead, drag over the top arrow on the ruler to have every new paragraph automatically indent.
The Title Page
- The top left-hand corner of your title page will have all your personal information. They want to see your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, the novel’s genre, and word count.
- Your novel’s title is allowed to be between 20-24 point font if you want. Bold is also an option, but not necessary.
- The title will appear halfway down the title page.
- “A novel by [your name]” will be about three quarters of the way down the page.
The Next Pages
- If you have a dedication, it will be on its own page.
- If you have some sort of verse or quote, those will also need their own pages.
- Do not include a page for acknowledgements.
- Chapter titles will be 12 point font. No bolding or italics.
- Chapters will start from one quarter to halfway down the page.
- An easy way to format chapter headings is to press enter five or six times
- Make sure you always start your chapters the same way every time.
- When you start a new chapter, make sure you use a page break to bump the new chapter onto a new page. This will keep it in place so that it will never budge, no matter how much you cut out or add to the previous chapter.
- Page numbers will start with 1 on Chapter 1 of your manuscript. Page numbers will not appear on the title page or dedication page.
- Page 1 will be labeled in the footer of Chapter 1. It should be centered.
- Page 2 will be in the header of the next page.
- From page 2 onward, your headers will be labeled like this:
- If you insert a section break after the title and dedication pages, it will make it easier to insert the page numbers.
For the most part, this is the most important of what you’ll need to know for formatting your manuscript. I used this video as reference, so I’m trusting everything it says is true because it was made by an author who has several novels published, and because it was uploaded this year, it should be up to date.
But just remember, whenever you go to turn in a manuscript, make sure you check the website of the agent or publisher you’re trying to contact. They might have specifications that differ with the ones stated in this video, and you should always do whatever you can to abide by what they want.
Reblogging aggressively. Some publishers will throw your manuscript into the slush pile or, worse, the trash if you don’t follow their desired format. Spec fic publishers are especially strict about manuscript formatting.
Also reblogging aggressively.
View Episodic’s Winter 2013 issue, “Nighttime”!
View the latest issue here.
(Yeah Write note: I love this gorgeous cover!!)
I’d just really quickly like to apologize for letting Yeah Write slow down a bit this last month. I started a new job and while it’s super awesome, I’m really busy! (I really shouldn’t even be on Tumblr right now haha.)
I’m still throwing up little things I find across the internet that I think you guys will like, but I really have to get on top of queuing more prompts and answering asks. If you’ve messaged me, don’t worry, I’ll get back to you! I always respond to every message (often privately… I’ve been pointing people to some other great Tumblr writing blogs lately), so I hope you’ll all just be a little patient!
Also if your question just can’t wait, check out the blogs on our Friends of YW page. They can definitely be of help too!
Thank you yeah writers!! Here is a pic of me hugging you all from afar:
Here's What Joan Didion Can Teach You About Life
Joan Didion, writer of painful truths, hilarious observations, and wicked-good sentences, turns 79 today. She has taught us about the pleasure that can be found in keeping a notebook and the mixed feelings that can be experienced when moving away from a city you love.
Happy Birthday you glorious, glorious woman! Here’s an article with some beautiful quotes from her works.
(Don’t read today’s NY Mag article, it has her all wrong and made me mad.)
Alcohol and literature - quiz
It’s been 80 years since the US ended Prohibition, to the relief of many a thirsty author. Can you walk straight through these questions about bookish boozing?
I got a 50%! Share your score in the comments.
Obligatory question mark: ?
Hi! I am working for The Writers’ Avenue, a digital/print literary magazine from the Philippines. Currently, we are working towards getting enough submissions for our next issue and I hope you can help us spread the news.
The upcoming issue is themed WINTER so any writing that has relevance to it, is what we’re basically looking for. But should the contributor wish to not write within the specific theme, then any form of writing will still be accepted. Every contributor is allowed two submissions per category and the submission period will run up to December 15, US/Eastern Time.
The categories are here:
Prose: Maximum of 3000 words
Creative Nonfiction: Maximum of 3000 words
Poetry: Maximum of 1000 words
Illustrations: Any form but must be submitted on JPEG or PDF format
(Every submission should have a title)
The link to our facebook page is here
Our first issue can be viewed here
Thank you very much and I really hope you can help me with this. More power to your team. Good times!
Amazon Launches New Publishing Imprint for Short Fiction
Amazon is taking another step towards being a content creator with the launch Tuesday of StoryFront, a new platform for publishing short fiction.
As per usual, I am not sure how I feel about this.
Holy crap kitty cats, the other day I finally got around to creating an Instapaper account, and it is the BEST THING EVER.
For one thing, it keeps me from getting lost in the interwebs during work, but even better it’s serving as a place for me to save links to short stories. This is especially useful for websites like the great Tumblr TETW. I also just went through and saved all of the New Yorker fiction from the past year.
I’m amped that, say, if I’m waiting somewhere and forgot my Kindle, I have a curated list of articles on my phone to work through. SO EXCITING. SO MUCH READING. SO MUCH PRODUCTIVITY AND KNOWLEDGE.
This holiday season, why not give your loved ones a full year—or even two, or three!—of the best in prose, poetry, interviews, and art? Subscribe now! And don’t forget to treat yourself, too!
Yeah hey someone get this for me!