Out with the old and in with the new!
Although this may reveal more about my age than I would care to, please be polite and pretend not to notice.
Now that I’ve got this disclaimer out-of-the-way, I’ll continue.
- Old rule, two spaces after a sentence end.
- New rule. one space after a sentence.
- Old rule, two lines after a paragraph.
- New rule, one line after a paragraph.
When I first began the submission process I was rejected for formatting mistakes. Yes, sometimes your piece can be rejected not because of the grammar, spelling or plotting issues but because of formatting.
Years ago, I learned to type on a Selectric typewriter. Now this is where you politely pretend not to try to figure out how much time has passed. Anyway, I could type 90 words per minute, double space between sentences and enter a hard return between paragraphs without missing a beat. However, those rules went out the window when computers came in the door.
I know, I know sometimes when you’re typing fast you sometimes forget not to hit the space bar twice. Even after all these years.
But it can cost you! So please check the rules on formatting for each entry before you hit send and make sure your document is in the right century.
Need more info on formatting? Keep reading I’ve added some links for your reading pleasure at the bottom of this post.
Have you ever had an entry rejected because you failed to format properly?
Ever noticed different formats for different entries?