Hey guys, I am on the verge of switching from a casual writer, to taking my craft seriously and seeking out publication. I have a few questions if you guys don't mind blessing me with your advice. I don't use Microsoft Word, I write all of my stuff in Open Office. My plan at the moment is to send out email queries with a .pdf file attached which contains the first three chapters and a synopsis. I'm wondering if a .pdf file is a good idea? Or if they would need a .doc file? I do have WordPad... Should I be using that for my writing instead, or does it really matter? I mean, they just need to read it right? They don't need to edit it or anything like that... Thanks in advance for your help! Oh, and I'm also going to be sending out some of my short stories for publication in magazines as well. I know when people ask which magazines to send you usually just direct them to duotrope, but what are some of the "House Hold Names", you know, the magazines that would really impress an agent or editor?