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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A fun fact about the first typewritten manuscript submitted to a publisher

While studying for my Reading Theory and Document Design class, I uncovered this fun fact:
Mark Twain was the first American author to submit a typewritten manuscript to a publisher.

To find out more about the history of the field of document design, please consult Dynamics in Document Design.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Manuscript Formatting--Getting Rid of Extra Spacing Between Sentences the Easy Way

Do your crit partners tend to find extra spacing between your sentences?

Here's how to remove extra spacing between sentences in Microsoft Word.
  1. Press CTRL + F.
  2. Click on the "Replace" tab.
  3. With your cursor positioned in the "Find what" box, type a period and press the space bar twice.**
  4. With your cursor positioned in the "Replace with" box, type a period and press the space bar once.
  5. Choose "replace" to replace each instance, or choose "replace all" to replace all instances at once.*
*The same operation can be performed using "question marks" instead of "periods."
*You might also want to search and replace triple spaces if you tend to accidentally insert them.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review of A Man's Heart

A Man’s Heart, written by Lori Copeland, published by Zondervan, and told in third person is a contemporary romantic western of sorts. Okay, so It’s not John Wayne western, but it’s set in the west, mainly on a farm. So to me, a girl who grew up in So Cal, it’s a western. :)

Julianne Matias, aka Jules, backs out on two engagements to the same guy (Cruz Delgado) and leaves town to discover a way to grow the perfect potato. When Cruz’s sister (also Jules’s best friend) becomes ill, Jules returns to town, and things become rocky.

This is the first Lori Copeland book I’ve ever read, and shortly after, I downloaded another book by her from Amazon, and I enjoyed it as well. I say this because the second was historical fiction, something I normally don’t read. But I enjoyed this book so much that I figured I’d like Lori’s other books as well, and so far, I have.

Her characters are normal people with flaws, and I appreciated that in this book, Jules was a strong, intelligent woman. The story moved quickly; I read it in one sitting.

The only potential downside I could see is that there is no epilogue. I might have liked for there to have been one. Still I’d read the book again, and I’d recommend it to others.

Review of Emily's Chance (Callahans of Texas series)

Well, if I didn't want to move to Texas after reading Jenna's Cowboy, I totally would have after reading Emily's Chance--another book in the Callahans of Texas series. What a sweet story. Readers were introduced to Chance and Emily in Jenna's Cowboy, and Emily's Chance picks up right where the other book left off. Where the last book dealt with PTSD, this book seemed more lighthearted overall. I loved the characters, and I had to read it in one sitting.

Sharon Gillenwater is truly a gifted storyteller. I was very excited to find out there is another book in this series. Yippee! Megan's Hero. That will be the next book I buy on Amazon! :)

This book will appeal to woman of all ages who enjoy a good romance. :)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Review of Jenna's Cowboy: A Novel (The Callahans of Texas)

Sharon Gillenwater has a new fan.

I started Jenna's Cowboy at the gym, not sure what to expect, but I enjoyed this Texas romance novel. In fact, I was happy to find other books written by the same author that involved characters from this novel. Next on my list of books to read: Emily's Chance. :)

The author appeared to do a good job of portraying the effects of PTSD. Also, her characters felt very genuine. It was a tender, touching romance that was hard to put down. I'd definitely read it again.
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