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  1. Garball

    Garball Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand. Supporter Contributor

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    Queries/Submissions e-query manuscript format

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Garball, May 2, 2013.

    Many agents I have sourced for my genre accept e-queries and request anywhere between first 20 pages to first three chapters of MS in the body of the email. Is that a cut and paste job using the same font, margin, spacing as you would a hard copy?
     
  2. Al Stevens

    Al Stevens Member

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    It depends on what program you use to compose mail.

    Some mail writer programs eat the indents so that the whole thing looks like one big paragraph. Send a copy to yourself first to see how it looks. If necessary insert an extra blank line between paragraphs.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Cogito

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    Actually, it depends more on what your agent specifies. It's perfectly valid to ask, if the request or the agent's site doesn't specify.
     
  4. Skyless16

    Skyless16 New Member

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    How to format an equery

    Nathan Bransford, a former literary agent and author, wrote an article about this. It's veeerrry helpful. The link is below. Also, you should check out his forums. There's a section on query letters where you can get advice on yours. It's been really helpful for me.

    http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2010/03/how-to-format-query-letter.html

    I don't know about for manuscripts though. I'm sure it's the same.
     
  5. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    submitting by email doesn't change the fact that mss should be in standard ms format, unless an agent/publisher states otherwise in their submission guidelines...

    al's suggestion to send a sample to yourself first, is an excellent one... my hotmail account allows for retaining ms structure, font, etc., but not all email programs will do that...
     

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