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I would like to know the best formatting for a children's picture book without illustrations, just text. I am using an iMac. What is the best program for typing manuscript? My iMac has a program called Pages.
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#1 - January 24, 2020, 01:06 PM
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The industry standard is MS-Word and I'm sure it comes for a mac too.
Here are some guidelines: https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/what-are-the-guidelines-for-formating-a-manuscript
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Thank you for your reply Vijaya. My manuscript is for a picture book that is only 340 words. I was wondering if I would just do a margin of 1 inch around and double space. I am not including any pictures. There are two characters talking at times. Do I put the name of each character then a colon ( :) before typing what they are saying? Also, is it necessary to use quotes (")? I did visit the link you sent. It was helpful.
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#3 - January 24, 2020, 05:51 PM

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Marlena, this information can be found on the SCBWI website under Publications. It's in The Book. In truth, any word processing program will do. You use standard margins with your contact info in the upper left and then title and your name about half way down the page. The text starts some lines after that. Subsequent pages are numbered. But read The Book for the exact distances.

For dialog, you would use standard paragraphs and speech tags with quotes unless you mean the dialog to be formatted as part of the pictures, like using speech bubbles.
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I use a Pages on my Mac Book to write my PBs. You do need to export to a .doc before you submit them if they are asking for attachments.

And yes, go to The Book for guidelines on margins, etc.

Good luck!
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You can write the text as normal dialogue with speech tags or the way you envision like you would a play, but it's more common to use the former. Here's an article I wrote about the use of dialogue, including punctuation:  https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2017/07/dialogue-its-not-just-talk.html
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