Monday, June 16, 2003

more on manuscripts and minis

For the person who asked about how to format a manuscript - in terms of book publishing, most publishers and agents are not real strict about the font thing or the thing about how many spaces after a period. However, it makes things infinitely easier for most everyone down the line if the author follows the guidelines laid out here: and this one for novels:

I'm an editor myself (tho not of books, I read for magazines) and even though it seems silly and outdated, most editors and slush readers will be happy with you if you format your manuscript that way. I also have a couple of friends who are copyeditors, and if the book gets published and the manuscript sent to a copyeditor, they will lovelovelove you if it's in SMF because it makes their job a whole lot easier.


Well, that's what my manuscripts normally look like, when they exist on paper. (Although these days, in this strange electronic world, they are as likely to be in whatever font they were typed in, and e-mailed off.)

Film scripts are always in Courier 12 point.

Neil- I thought I would let you know that the darling "Hoggle" from Labyrinth is well and being preserved in Scottsboro, Alabama of all places. He is in a peculiar store called Unclaimed Baggage. Here is the link that references him :
They used to have a picture of him on their site but I could not find it. Anyway, it's good to know at least one of the puppets is being looked after (and no, he isn't for sale).

Many puppets get looked after. I know someone who has an original Yoda, safely preserved...

And in my library, in cases that look like coffins, I have a Sandman muppet and a Destiny muppet, made by the same talented lady who made the Neil Gaiman muppet who used to do storytelling at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. This is Kathleen David, now married to Peter David, Writer of Stuff.

Not a question, but rather an answer of sorts. To trick out one's car is to add accessories which would be outside of the scope of traditional add-ons to one's car. Things such as GPS, satellite radio, dubs, dvd/playstation consoles inside the headrests, and so on. Also, for the lovely person considering the move to Boston, she may not have to visit that show room just yet - Boston has a comprehensive public transportation system that reaches far into the jungles of suburbia. may be a place to start. Hope this helps.

Shalene Shimer

Damn. I thought tricking your car could be so much more fun than that, probably involving false mustaches and maps to places that don't exist. But I thank you...