Friday, 18 April 2014

Presenting your work

Having entered several of my stories into competitions and also having asked for a critique on the first two chapters of my novel, I've come to realise the importance of how you present your work when submitting it to others. In the UK, there seems to be a fairly standard style of presentation that is expected although always check the presentation and style guidelines when making a submission to be sure that you don't get turned down purely because you haven't followed the rules.

I was no expert on this matter and usually wrote my stories using a favourite font in normal spacing. It wasn't a detail I worried about and yet each time I've come to submit work I've had to transform it into the preferred style.

If you'd like to know more, here's a link to Sue Moorcroft's site. Sue has many published novels, writes regularly for a writing magazine and runs writing workshops both in the UK and in Europe.  When seeking help on presenting my work, she is my go-to-guru.  Sue Moorcroft's Presentation Guidelines

Hope you find this helpful and wishing you all the very best on your own writing journey.

8 comments:

  1. Critiques and competitions? Nail bitingly scary! And yet the fact that you are willing to step out says a lot about your growth as a writer. :)

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    1. Thank you. Trying to find my way and put myself out there but it can feel scary sometimes.

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  2. The resource you noted is now in my folder for writer's information. Thank you for sharing it. When I get to that point, it will be one more thing to help me move forward. Thank you for sharing your learning.

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    1. No problem. Hope it helps in some way. I think we can all help each other by sharing some of the resources we have found.

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  3. Thank you for the advice you provide. I'm not at that point where I need it yet but it's nice to know it's available when I do. I like that your a cheese and cat person. Every thing is better with cheese to eat and a cat to keep you company, even the bossy one, I have one of those, Carlos El'Gato.

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    1. Thanks Pam. Yes I'm definitely a cheese and cat person. Our cat Mojo is a real grandmamma of cats. She is 21 now and as you can imagine sleeps a lot, but still nice company to have around unless she decides she wants to sit on my keyboard which is not so helpful :-)

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  4. Good piece. Short and well put.

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    1. Thanks Tonia. I appreciate you stopping by.

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