May. 5th, 2012

As mentioned in my Love the Smashwords Meatgrinder post, the best way to make the Meatgrinder happy is to have a clean copy. Use Word like a typewriter with Styles. Here's some more stuff about making a Clean Copy, and why it's important: http://jwmanus.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/my-computer-doesnt-like-your-computer-formatting-electronic-submissions/

I note that I disagree with one point -- I say, turn off curly-quotes/smart-quotes. If you use dialogue with a touch o' dialect in 'em, you may find the occasional curl that 'twasn't what you'd intended. Also, if you happen to be writing for a small press that will be turning your Word document into a Quark one (as I have in the past), smartquotes are one of the things that almost certainly don't translate well.

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