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Friday

1-12 How to double-space e-mail

Greg Gunther, Co-Administrator on Internet Writing Workshop, http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/, shared this tip on how to create manuscripts so you can email them in double-spaced format, as required by some media. For instance, Christian Science Monitor specifies double-spaced for manuscripts submitted via email or snailmail. Greg is always willing to share tips on getting the most from your computer programs. Contact him at: pvgreg@cox.net.
  1. Open the file in Word.
  2. Click File, Page Setup. Set the left margin to 1 inch, and the right margin to 2.5 inches. (This will set the text line to be 5 inches long.)
  3. Select the text, excluding the title.
  4. Click Format, Font. In the Font name pane, scroll down to the Courier New font, and select it. Make the Size as 12. Click Ok. (Courier New font at 12 point size creates all characters at 0.1 inches width. That way, in the 5 inch space, each line will be 50 characters, max.)
  5. Click anywhere on page to get rid of the selection and show the file's text normally. Manually put the cursor at the beginning of each line and press the Enter key twice to add a blank line. Do that for all lines except the title.
  6. Click File, Save As. In the resulting screen, down at the bottom, click the downward facing triangle at the right end of the Save As Type: line. Scroll down until you see MS-DOS Text with Line Breaks (*.txt). Click that line. Click the Save button. (I prefer to add MS-DOS to the filename of the new files it's creating.)
  7. Close Word.
  8. Open the .txt file you just saved. Review the file to make sure all your lines have formatted double-spaced. Correct as needed.
  9. Select, copy, and paste it into your email. Send it to yourself as a test. It ought to be exactly what you want.
So long as you have not saved it during any of these intermediate steps, your original .doc file will remain as before.
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Chapter 3 - The e-World and e-Zine Publishing, http://tinyurl.com/2c6g33q

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2 comments:

  1. This is so unbelievably stupid I can't believe it. PRESS ENTER AFTER EACH LINE ARE KIDDING ME. For a 120,000 word novel???????

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  2. The instructions were intended for articles e-mailed to magazine editors. At the time I wasn't aware that publishers or agents requested novels via e-mail. Readers will welcome hearing your preferred method of creating double-spaced manuscripts that arrive perfectly via email. Thanks for commenting and bringing this to our attention.

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