Tabs: Please do not ever hit the tab key. I will indent
when I format your article(s). I will center, when I feel it is needed.
Please, Please, Please do not ever hit the tab key.
key: Use the return key at the end of each paragraph. Even if your
computer flushes the line to the left, donít worry about it. I prefer
to create the indents. (Often I leave everything flushed left.) The
computer will hyphenate automatically also, so please do not try to
hyphenate words, except in situations such as story-telling.
LETTERS: You see them? Please do not, do not, do not capitalize
entire words. Do not capitalize every word in a title. I will have to
retype them and I donít type all that well. ;0) The only time you would
use all capitals is in an abbreviation such as SASE. If you want to
use an abbreviation more than once in an article, then the first time
it should read Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE). After that SASE
Please do not attempt to create columns. Again, I will format the article.
This most often occurs in recipes.
bold, underline: Book titles need to be italicized. Do not do it
when you send me an article, For some unknown reason it throws my computer
into a frenzy, especially if it is also used with bold or underline.
I will italicize book titles for you.
email addresses: There is no need to underline nor use blue coloring
in the text for email or website addresses. The webmaster or the computer
automatically create those online and folks will be able to use them
from your article(s).
graphics, artwork: We like to give credit where credit it due. Please
identify folks in the photo(s), what is happening, and who took the
photo. We will usually use your cut line(s). We like lots of photos,
color and artwork. If you attach photos to email, we prefer jpg, and
Please proof your articles several times before sending them in. If
I have already sent the articles to the webmaster, it is difficult and
costly to have him make corrections.
Morning and evening are a.m. or p.m., They are not AM or PM. Hyphens
and dashes are different. A hyphen is the width of the letter n (and
is called en). A dash is the width of the letter m (called em) and is
used to pauseófor example.
If it is less that ten, spell it out; one, two, three etc. If it is
more than 10, use the numeral, 15, 20, 30ó except when using a large
number to begin a sentence. Ten can be used either way.
Attach your articles to an email and send it to me by Email.
Do not include articles in the guts of an email. This usually destroys
the formatting and places a paragraph at the end of each lineóthat is
at the end of each line, not each sentence. ;0)
At the end of your articles, please include the following:
© 2003 Your Name. All Rights Reserved. The copyright symbol can
be found probably under tools on your computer. If you cannot find the
symbol, please include everything else, and Iíll add the symbol for
If you would like to have reader response, we will assign you a Chesapeake
Style email address at no charge, and then emails will be forwarded
to your personal email address. This keeps your personal email address
off the internet.
What to write:
Take some time to peruse the online magazine. You will note there is
a wide variety of topics and options. Fiction, poetry and photo-journals
are included in the Literary Corner. Non-Fiction falls into a number
of other categories. If you want to write a series of articles, that
is an option. If you have written a book, and want to serialize it,
thatís also an option. Remember, photos, artwork and graphics add interest
to your articles. Everybody loves recipes.
We want as many items in our online calendar as possible. So if you
have calendar information, please send it by Email.
If you belong to an organization and want to add lots of calendar items,
I will give you the easy-to-follow instructions and you may add them
We reserve the
right to refuse any articles for any reason whatsoever. We also reserve
the right to edit articles, but we do so carefully, and attempt to
preserve the tone and character of the author. If you have any questions,
feel free to contact me via email.