As I am compiling this anthology, I’ve come to realize that many writers take for granted the little thing we call formatting; they automatically double space, two spaces between sentences, or they add 5 space indents manually.
What I mean by manually is that you use the TAB button each time you indent a new paragraph.
Why is this an issue? Simple- it’s a nightmare for editors to format consistency in an anthology when submissions vary their formatting, and changing those formats can be a nightmare when anything is done manually.
If you indent with the TAB button each time, that means someone like me must go through the entire document, changing the indents to fit the guidelines, when MS Word provides a paragraph format tool to change indents automatically for the entire document.
I also now realize the importance of following guidelines. I tried to be basic, but still find myself having to adjust and re-format the documents sent to me.
Some writers use a different font, double space (or single space), while others prefer the 1.25” margin rather than the 1” margin. Some prefer 5 space indents, while others use 3 space indents, while others use full block style.
This is just a short rant as I return to working on the anthology. It has grown a bit larger than I expected, with more work than I anticipated. It will, however, get done.