Thanks for providing the helpful information. My situation is somewhat unique and I’m having a hard time finding answers. I’m a professional screenwriter who has just finished my first novel. I am the author (“novel by Cameron R.”) working with a co-author (“With John Smith”), and the material is based on a screenplay of mine (my original story) that was co-written with a different co-writer. Assuming legal chain-of-title is squared away with the original co-writer, I am not sure how to credit him on the title page (or acknowledge the original screenplay) when presenting my manuscript to lit agents/publishers. Is it required that I list all names on the title page, and if so, how should I list the original co-writer of this source material, or reference the original screenplay? (I’m assuming publishers are turned off by the word “screenplay” and I’d love to not have to include that word! Can I call it “material”??)
Leading (pronounced “ledding”) is the typographer’s word for line spacing, named for the lead shims that were once inserted between rows of typeset characters. Possibly, you have played with the controls in your word processor and seen how text looks with single or double line spacing selected? Manuscripts are generally created double-spaced, not only so editors have a place to write comments above the text, but because they’re easier to read that way. Convention suggests a leading value of 50%—that’s 50% larger than ( times the size of) your chosen typeface. In other words, if you’re using 12-point type, start with 18 point leading. From there, make fine adjustments to account for the typeface itself. I like to set a full block of text with my selected typeface and type size, then expand the leading so the last line sits perfectly on the bottom of the text box.