Honest Critiques

No, I mean it. REAL honest. Email your excerpts or full stories, up to 1000 words or so, to honestcrits [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk. Synopses would also be welcome. My backlog is so daunting now that I recommend not submitting anything you are not prepared to wait a couple of months for a response on.
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  • Thursday, September 01, 2005

    Evil Communist Plot

    So it seems that the reason my blog is filling up with bizarre hieroglyphs is because of those damn smart quotes and en dashes that programs like Microsoft Word enjoy sprinkling all over the place. Even if I paste Word docs into Notepad, the little buggers remain, and Blogger is violently allergic to them.

    Can I please ask, due to Blogger's naffness, that any submissions come with the minimum of formatting? Raw .txt files would be preferred, unless your MS is swarming with italics or Lord B'azzterdd speaks only in Cooper Black, in which case I'll do my best to fix them up.
    Torgo, 10:04 pm

    5 Comments:

    Rotten communists! :-)

    If we've already sent in a submission, would you like us to resend without the formatting?

    Thanks again for all the wonderful things you're doing for authors!

    -S
    Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:36 pm  
    No, don't worry about it. Just for the future.
    Blogger Torgo, at 5:00 pm  
    OK, you'll get mine as RTF file.

    One of these days, lol. I want to submit an edited version, not a first draft. :)
    Blogger Gabriele C., at 6:05 pm  
    Here's some reasonably decent instructions on how to convert "smart" quotes to straight quotes.

    http://www.angelfire.com/wizard/wordprocessingtips/#quotesword

    Watching you critique is very interesting. Thanks!
    Anonymous Resa, at 8:17 pm  
    Thanks Resa!
    Blogger Torgo, at 8:40 pm  

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