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I recieved some feedback from a freelance editor on my nonfiction ms. I had meant to set off a scene and used a row of asterisks before and after. But they were interpreted as misplaced page breaks.

What are the most common uses of * and # in a manuscript?

Should I indent the scene from each margin?
#1 - June 10, 2016, 07:44 AM

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Spence, when I submit a ms, if there's a scene break I put a # instead of just quadruple spacing it. I never used to do this until a professional editor recommended I do this.

Also, when I begin a scene, I don't indent the first paragraph (again, after having a first chapter copyedited by a different editor), but it's okay if you do so as well. It's not a biggie. The important thing is to be consistent.

I've never used stars. If I want to emphasize a word, I use italics.

Hope this helps.

#2 - June 10, 2016, 07:55 AM
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Thanks Vijaya. I'll use #'s.
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