Agony Author May 2023

Welcome to Writers SA’s member-only literary advice column, where our experts respond to your questions about writing, publishing, the literary life and beyond. Got a question? Ask us here. For this installment of Agony Author, Barbara asks:“Do I set my book measurements before writing the manuscript or at the end when finished?When do I format… start or end of manuscript? What size for captions under photographs 9 or 11 and italics?” Dear agonised writer, It pays well to be organised from the get go, so I’d be setting my pages up right at the beginning and learning good habits about margins, line spacing, fonts, and so much more! I’ve created a guide for formatting for novel writing and self-publishing you can find here. If you do this at the beginning, I promise it makes everything easier when you reach The End. In terms of italics under photos, that depends on

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