Did you know that while it’s perfectly acceptable for writers to submit work to publishers in a Word document, a publisher will never send a Word document to be printed?

Word is considered too “unstable” to print from. Content is too easily manipulated. Pagination and text move around too easily. The hard copy can come out different from what’s on the monitor.

So publishers require PDFs, usually generated from desktop publishing software programs like QuarkXpress.

After you’ve proofread and spellchecked text in Word, you can import it into Quark and begin the painstaking process of what editors and publishers refer to as “interior design”.