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Offline longknife

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Format question
« on: September 09, 2007, 02:23:37 AM »
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Question -
   Most agents ask for a proposal, synopsis, and first five pages of the mss.
   They want 12 point Times New Roman.  I have no doubt that the query letter and synopsis should be single-spaced.
   But - what about the mss?
   Do they want the first five pages in single space - but sent double spaced?
      or
   Do they want the first five double-spaced pages?
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Re: Format question
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007, 09:17:58 AM »
They want the first five double-spaced pages .  If you write it single-spaced, reformat it to double when you're finished, then send those five pages.  Granted, it's a shorter sample than you may want to send, but the truth is, we writers should be grateful that we even get that.
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Re: Format question
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2007, 07:39:11 AM »


   I always thought the query should be double spaced too. No?


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Re: Format question
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2007, 08:38:18 AM »
I have the impression that a query letter (as well as a cover letter) should be single spaced.

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Re: Format question
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2007, 08:51:30 AM »
From my understanding the query letter is single spaced, formatted like a business letter.  When it comes to the synopsis I'd check the agents websites.  Some that I have looked into have requested double spaced, some single, and if they just give you a maximum page number (like- send a synopsis no longer than 10 pages) than double space if possible, just for easier reading. 
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Re: Format question
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2007, 08:53:56 AM »
Rare is the chance to say something with unequivocal 110% certainty... But here is just such a chance.

Query letters should be single-spaced.  Always.  Cross my heart.  Swear upon my manuscript.
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Re: Format question
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2007, 09:01:36 AM »
I would have sworn too, but I just couldn't.   :inocent:

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Re: Format question
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2007, 09:42:05 AM »
I would have sworn too, but I just couldn't.   :inocent:

My original post read:
  :censored: Query letters should :censored: be :censored: single- :censored:-spaced. :censored: Always. Cross my :censored: heart.  Swear upon my :censored:  :censored: :censored: manuscript.

Thought it best to trim it a bit.  Brevity & such.
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Re: Format question
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2007, 04:40:26 PM »
That's what we love about Audal.  He's not afraid to use profanity.  Well, bleeped profanity, but it was vulgar nonetheless.   :clap:

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Re: Format question
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2007, 01:21:24 AM »
Hmmm - this is an interesting question. Research I have done recently led me to believe that ONLY the query should be single spaced. The synopsis and the ms should both be double spaced. Of course there's conflicting information everywhere out there. Hope it's not a problem though. I sent out my partial in that format...  :huh:
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