I don't know what they teach kids in school these days. There is one thing I find baffling. In editing projects I'm noticing a huge increase in stories where paragraphs are not indented. I'm really struggling to figure out why. I've lamented before that writers don't seem to have any concept of standard manuscript format. But the lack of paragraph indentation really ticks me off. This blog is block left and not indented. It's my blog and I like it that way. Still, I would not dream of sending something off for publication without it being in proper format--and, especially, with indented paragraphs. It's easy to do on a computer. I get the impression that the people spewing out manuscripts don't understand that paragraphs are supposed to be indented. And they wonder why they don't get published. Frankly, it's the number one peeve other editors have voiced in conversations. It generally carries the death penalty. Yet, I keep seeing more and more of this. There must be something I'm missing. A good looking and well prepared manuscript won't get you published. However, a poorly prepared one may easily keep you from getting published. I'm not joking about this. It is a big deal.
Any editors who read this are welcome to post comments. Likewise, any authors may comment as well.