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Hello again Cathy!
Thank you so much for all of your helpful advice so far. I have finally finished my now, two book novel and am looking at several agencies to try to get published with. While looking through submission requirements, I am coming across the same very confusing thing. They all want a query letter, which I understand, but then they also want a few pages. Some ask for 10, some more. All of these say repeatedly though, no attachments. How exactly do you send them several pages of your mauscript if they do not want an attachment? Am I missing some easy computer trick, or are they seriously asking for me to copy and paste the first 10 pages of my novel into a single email letter?

They are seriously asking you to copy and paste the first ten pages into the body of the email. It seems weird, but that's what they want. The annoying part is that once you cut and paste it, you'll have to go back through it in the email and add lines between the paragraphs.

What might help (at least, it's helped me) is to cut the ten pages onto a different screen and then save it as a separate document in "Rich Text Format." Instead of choosing "Save" or clicking the toolbar button, open the File menu and pick "Save As." Then there's a drop down menu where you can pick Rich Text Format. This removes all of the formatting information created by the software and turns it into just letters and punctuation. You'll lose italics and such, but that's what they want. Then you can cut and paste it easier and it'll come through better.

I'd suggest you FIRST create the email and send it to yourself. Then you can see how it will show up in the agent's inbox. Some ISPs do weird things to the text when it sends, and you'll want to see if it turns apostrophes or quotes into some weird symbol.

Good luck. It's a pain, I know. But once you've formatted it one time, it'll be good to go for whoever you send it to. :)


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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.


I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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