Saw this over at Boing Boing:

…and it got me to thinking about how hard it used to be to reproduce copies of manuscripts.

It was no

If you were a lowly pre-published writer working at home, you had to depend on carbon paper.

You stacked three pieces of typing paper together, with two pieces of carbon paper layered in between. This odd-bodkin sandwich went into your typewriter. If you made a mistake, you had to make sure each copy had the strike-throughs fixed. It was messy, because your pages usually ended up with purple streaks. The copy was but a pale echo of the original, and the second copy–well, you were lucky if it was legible.

And you double-spaced after every sentence.



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Lisha Cauthen writes YA novels for guys that girls like to read too.

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