Dumb question, but I want to prepare for requests for the first 20 pages (or whatever) that I may get.
Of course, if they ask for the first two chapters, it's clear. But if asked for a specific number of pages i am not sure what exactly to provide.
Since we use electronic versions, it is unclear.
Do I send the first 5,000 words (250 x 20), formatted as a manuscript using a standard format like Shunn's?
Do I format such that it comes out to ~250 words per page and send the first 20?
I can't imaging that one would cut off the end in mid sentence, so do you approximate and end it at least at the end of a paragraph, right?
What do authors do?