Or, Making your Typesetter Love You.This is Part Two on my series of MS Formatting. For the basics of MS formatting, read Part One here. Get a template here in Part Three.
Remove all double spaces.
First, find and replace all double spaces with single spaces. Each period should be followed by ONE, not two, spaces.
Then do the exact same find and replace (just hit the “Replace all” button again) in case you had any rogue triple spaces lurking around.
Be consistent with your punctuation
These are the steps I go through to make sure all the punctuation is consistent. You really only have to do all of the following if you’re a typesetter, are perfectionist or anal retentive, or are trying to woo your publisher’s typesetter.
Publishers have their own style guides, but at least in terms of punctuation, it looks like American Publishers model their styles…
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