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Monday, October 6, 2008

Pay Attention to How the Big Guys Indent

In this new publishing age, part of editing is being aware of book design and formatting. Have you noticed that books from big publishers almost never indent the first paragraph of a chapter. Sometimes they'll put the first few words in an all-cap font, too. These are things you'll learn from books like my Frugal Editor. You should also have a Chicago Manual of Style on your desk, too. When style choices for books must be made, it's the one!

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Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at Learn more about her other authors' aids at She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at

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