I thought orphan lines of text were a thing of the past.
My memoir has journal entries some of which include poetry. A few entries are short, as little as 6 lines of poetry, or a single paragraph of 6 or 7 lines. Most are from 1-3 pages.
However, my typesetter has left a number of orphan lines from one entry to the other at the top of the page. I thought he knew what he was doing, and didn't press the point. But now as I approach printing, I am getting very concerned that my memoir is going to look unprofessional, and I feel like an idiot for not bringing up the issue before now. Sometimes it is just one or two words at the end of an entry, not even a whole sentence.
The ebook file is particularly bad. One orphan line has one three letter word and a period. The rest is a blank page. Several others have an orphan heading for a new entry at the bottom of the page. I haven't used a kindle, so I don't know what is acceptable and what isn't.
Could anyone advise me if orphan lines of text are considered as unprofessional as I now fear they are? Shouldn't a typesetter at least go through pages to see if he has orphan lines or words and attempt to correct them? Was that my job, and I was just a newbie coward about bringing it up? Should I just eat the extra cost of having him go through the text again and clean up all of the orphans?
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