Guidelines Folks often ask about Guidelines
to write for Chesapeake Style. Here they are:
Guidelines for Chesapeake
Technical Stuff: Tabs: Please do not
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
Return 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
CAPITAL 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 is enough.
Columns: Please do
not attempt to create columns. Again, I will format the article. This most
often occurs in recipes.
Italics, 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
Websites, 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).
Photos, 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 RGB color.
Proof: 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
Quirks: 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
Numbers: 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.
your articles to an email and send it to me at
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)
Personal email: 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
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
Calendar: We want
as many items in our online calendar as possible. So if you have calendar
information, please send it to
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 yourself.
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.
Thank you for your interest
in Chesapeake Style.
Janet Abbott Fast
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