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#1 Tomg999

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 12:01 PM

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?



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 01:08 PM

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?

 

I have no idea what Shunn's is. 

 

Generally TNR, 12pt, 20 pages. Yes, if the page break ends in the middle of a sentence or whatever, go to the natural break, 20.5 is fine, as is 19.5.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:45 PM

If an agent wants the first "x" pages as part of the query email rather than an attachment, does he/she usually expect it to be double spaced? If so, how does one do that without a lot of manual work?



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:47 PM

Typically - times new roman or other such serif font, size 12 font, double spaced. (It's like an essay in high school.) 



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 04:23 PM

Typically - times new roman or other such serif font, size 12 font, double spaced. (It's like an essay in high school.) 

I can set OpenOffice to display my document double spaced, but the spacing format doesn't transfer when I copy/paste into an e-mail. I also tried saving the original as an RTF before the copy/paste, but it still comes out single-spaced in the email. At least one agent wants the first 50 pages in an email, rather than as an attachment. I suppose I can just send it single-spaced and they can copy it to a Word document and set the spacing, but that seems like I haven't properly prepared the document for them. 






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