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Re: [scbwi-houston] Punctuation/Format Questions

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  • Doris Fisher
    Funny this came up after my question about no quotation marks in Our Only May Amelia, and it was a Newbery Honor Book. Definitely a unique style that is not
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 7, 2003
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      Funny this came up after my question about no quotation marks in Our Only May Amelia,
      and it was a Newbery Honor Book. Definitely a unique style that is not my favorite.
      Doris
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      From: GAGoetz@...
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      Sent: Monday, July 07, 2003 4:47 PM
      Subject: Re: [scbwi-houston] Punctuation/Format Questions


      I think the reason English teachers can't agree on answer to these questions
      is because this part of writing is largely a matter of style. At a conference
      I attended last year. an agent said that each writer has his own style and
      each publishing house has its own set of guidelines. He said most houses wouldn't
      expect a writer to alter his style until they buy his manuscript and request
      that he change it. A unique format or style can sometimes sell a manuscript,
      and win big prizes, such a Karen Hess' Out of the Dust. The entire novel is
      written in poetic form. The agent said that consistency of style is important in
      children's fiction. A writer should choose one style and stick with it
      throughout a single manuscript, or a young reader might wonder if we know what we're
      doing. :o)
      Gail


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