Quote: some yoke @ 8th October 2014, 2:39 PM BST
I just realised I'm opening the .rft file / template but after I write in the sketch I'm saving it as a .doc out of habit and attaching it in the email as a word document saved from windows, laptop.
Do this matter? Anyone else doing this?
My guess would be that they're opening/editing the docs in word or something that happily reads word files so it probably doesn't matter that much. I suspect that the adherence to their templates and RTF is to:
1 - Standardise entries as much as possible. In the past they've had all sorts of things sent, including people just sticking submissions in the body of the email. It must be a pain in the backside to edit 101 different formats and file types so that they look like the standard recording script.
2 - It may be a simple idiot/instruction-following test to help weed out the people that don't bother reading a brief (and send their Eastern European novel in).
As it is, I know that there are some issues on RTF formatting from my Mac compared to windows, so I replicated the templates in open document format (.ODT) and then save them as Word Doc and RTF and send both incase the RTF is bolloxed. I suspect that that is overkill though, but I'd rather send 2 identical texts in different file formats than it turn out the file is garbled when they open it.
Addendum: I wish they'd go back to Word Documents...