When it comes to submitting work to publishers, one-sidedness is a good thing.
We’re all for ecology, saving papers and trees. But editors almost universally loathe two-sided manuscripts. The ink smudges. The pages stick together.
It’s a real mess.
I’ve spent a few years on editorial desks, and I agree.
Writers invest both time and talent to produce and proofread publication-worthy manuscripts. Why not present these in the best possible way?
A respectable manuscript should be double-spaced and printed one-sided on clean white 20-pound copy paper with standard margins all around.
The cover letter must be placed on top of the title page and attached with a paper clip. Skip the staples, and stick a clean rubber band around the entire bundle.
Place the entire one-sided stack (unfolded, of course) in a sturdy envelope, whisper a prayer, and whisk the entire package off to the post office.
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