Sunday, February 24, 2013
Formatting without total hair loss
As I get closer to finishing my WIP, the task of formatting for submission looms large.
My WIP has been in progress for several years on several computers, XP and mac.
It has quirks and smirks like an irascible toddler, and will need decisive keyboard strokes to erase the inevitable--and hidden--embedded "instructions." (Like I really wanted it to change the indent from .5 to .6. Not.)
I know publishers have their own set of formatting rules. So do contests and agents.
Do you have a secret for training your computer to know what you want in format?
Have you pulled out your hair trying to get Word to accept corrected chapters?
Do you cut and paste individual chapters into a final document and then final format?
Tips and horror stories would be appreciated.