Monday, March 19, 2012

Update # 5 --and a quiz!

Where do you put page numbers on a manuscript?

Here's a quiz!


30 comments:

Colin Smith said...

At the risk of my head becoming shark fodder...

This was one of the things I spent some time researching while formatting my ms. Suffice to say, from what I've read, two of your options could be correct. So, my answer would be: check the agent's/publisher's guidelines. If they state a preference, do that. Otherwise, go with one of the two options.

C.A. Marshall said...

Upper header on right, after name and title, Janet Reid, CHOMP, 1

Nathan Rudy said...

I put mine in the upper left portion of the header under my name and ms title. Wrong?

Empress Awesome said...

Seeing as my choice isn't even up there, I'm thinkin' I put it in the wrong spot. *sinks under the table and crawls away*

Anne-Marie said...

Anywhere I want- after all, I'm an artist? No? Not the right answer?

Michelle 4 Laughs said...

oops. My bad. I might have put them at the bottom.

Cara M. said...

Wait... people put them at the top? :(

The Happy Amateur said...

I don't know, but would like to find out. I just picked what seemed reasonable to me: Footer, on left, after your title and name.
Could we get the correct answer(s)?
Thanks!

R.C. Lewis said...

I frequently see "standard manuscript format" mentioned alongside this link:

http://www.shunn.net/format/story.html

(Of course, that notes the format being for a short story, but same rules apply?)

If that's wrong, someone needs to chomp everyone who keeps referencing it.

Jessa said...

Well, mine are at the top right, in the header. My last name and book title are on the left, also in the header. My manuscript was single spaced and my query is crap. But I'm a nice person! Hahaha. I'm sure I got this wrong too, but I'm loving the updates and the learning experience. We are all going to be amazing after this! Unless we give up writing all together! Just kidding. What would the shark do for entertainment then? :-)

Rachel Pudelek said...

So I'm thinking I don't put mine in the correct place. Hum. Looks like I'll be changing that little piece of my ms now.

shalini akhil said...

I've always put mine in the footer, right, page x of y

Rick Anderson said...

Name goes where? Ouchie momma!

MittensMorgul said...

If an agent doesn't specify a specific format, I always follow these great rules over at AgentQuery

http://www.agentquery.com/format_tips.aspx

The whole website is useful for writers suffering through the query process. Makes it all a little less suffer-y.

Michael Seese said...

I had to pick "other." Footer, center. That may not be right but it's what I do.

I suppose I'll learn what I should do.

Charley said...

Alas, I'm old school, from back in the days when there was a standard for manuscript submissions, from a centered # for breaks to the use of underlines when you meant italics (old typewriters, you know). I've upgraded to actual italics, but still go with # and with title/name/page number in upper right, which isn't even an option listed. Ah, for the days of a single clear standard. I must be getting old. Sigh.

Christopher S. Ledbetter said...

I'm with C.A. Marshall
"Upper header on right, after name and title, Reid, CHOMP, 1"

SueJ said...

I know its the right header with name and title and page, but I had to remove my name for one thing and forgot to reinsert it. What a dumb thing to do.

Virginia L. Jennings said...

I've always read that it is supposed to be Lastname- 1- Short title

Rayna said...

Okay, so I got the page number in the right spot, but there's a lot of conflicting information out there about the name and title business. How do I know which is the best source if the agent doesn't give that information... on a blog, the agency website, twitter, etc.? And, how much should I fret about this? If my name's in the wrong spot according to that agent when they get my manuscript (and let's say everything else is accurate), is it just an annoyance or will it provoke the agent to toss the whole thing?

Tara Tyler said...

thanks for the header up, right!

Mister Furkles said...

I think you should amuse Agent by leaving numbers off. Then shuffle the pages and Agent can play Literary Jigsaw Puzzle. It's more fun than Sudoku. Novel structure might improve too.

otin said...

Somewhere below the Knight and Squire!

Lauren said...

I always thought upper right - last name, title, page number. Maybe it's left or right. I wonder what Google would say.

kregger said...

Note to self,

Apply palm to forehead until senseless or sensibility returns.

Newbie reaction,"There's a specific place for name, title and page number?"

Okay, now I have to patch that forhead shaped dent in the drywall.

Find the rules, learn the rules and apply them. Or suffer the fate of blood in the water.

Is it too late to add a "Dearest Snookums" salutation to the query?

DeadlyAccurate said...

Here are the instructions you sent me for my first book:

"Insert 'Last Name/TITLE' as the header on page 2 and beyond.

"Insert page numbers lower right on page 2 and beyond."

I think the only thing I do differently now is I put it all in the footer, right instead of splitting it up. Either that or I completely overlooked what you said and continued to send you my books with the information in the wrong place. If you had a desk-shaped imprint on your forehead for years, that might be why.

Unknown said...

My source:

Rick Anderson said...

What? Oh well, I am not sure I even had the chapters numbered correctly...page numbers were a complete crap shoot.

Dan Krokos said...

Top right is the correct way in my heart. You can see everything at a glance.

Sandra Cormier said...

Hang on... I can't see mine there. I have the page number closest to the outer edge of the page in bold italics, with Title and Author name on the inside. All in the header. It must be my newspaper upbringing.