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Smartquotes, Apostrophes, and which way to turn

So, I’m working on polishing up a manuscript, and guess what? My apostrophes were pointing the wrong way for certain kinds of contractions: Shoot ’em, ‘nother one for the road, ‘fraidy pants.

Think of apostrophes as the number 9

Think of a left single quote as a letter 6

So, words that start with an apostrophe should start with the letter 9.


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Generally accepted formatting tips for manuscript submission

If you’re like me, you’ve googled “word count.”  You’ve also googled “preferred font.”  And I know for a fact that you’ve googled the heck out of “synopsis.”  My advice?  Stop googling and go to the right place.


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