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Just wondering, are there any good resources on how to format PB manuscripts? Thanks!
#1 - June 25, 2010, 08:08 PM

Here's a link to "The Purple Crayon" a website by Harold Underdown with great info on starting out. A link to manuscript formatting is in the list.
#2 - June 25, 2010, 08:40 PM


Thanks! :)
#3 - June 25, 2010, 10:52 PM

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You can also search through the threads here and see what information has been posted.  Here are a few threads that talk about formatting manuscripts:

Good luck!

Laura :)

#4 - June 25, 2010, 11:32 PM
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Perfect :) Just curious, do you round your word count or just put the exact number? Or does it not matter?
#5 - June 26, 2010, 12:45 PM

Here's a little tidbit, right off of Harold Underdown's Purple Crayon website:

Page Counts and Word Counts
People suggest putting the word count on the first page; I think that information belongs in a cover letter along with the page count, but either way is fine. It looks a little better if you round off your word count. If your word processor does the word count for you, and you get a number such as 43,127 words, it's a good idea to just say "43,000 words."

I tend to round my word count for PBs as well. Instead of 574, I would write 570.
#6 - June 26, 2010, 09:17 PM
Lori Alexander
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The Purple Crayon website is fantasticly helpful -- well worth a read through.
#7 - July 12, 2010, 05:47 AM


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