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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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