And then it was 3:30. Apologies for the tardiness of today’s post, I had a great time meeting with an editor this afternoon — networking is easy in SF because everyone comes here on vacation!
Now then. I have already blogged about how I advise people to format their query, which can be summed in one word: don’t.
Block paragraphs. Default fonts. Black. No fancy background. No animated gifs. No indentation. No centering. No bolding. No images. Just type your words, double space after paragraphs, and click send.
Don’t even worry too much about how your sample pages are formatted: I understand that not all e-mail programs offer double-spacing, so just paste it in and send it however that works out.
I honestly don’t know what’s behind the wacky formatting craze, but it seems to be sweeping query nation. Please bear in mind that because e-mail programs vary, the wackier you get with your fonts and formatting, the less likely it’s going to be readable when an agent receives it.
I just want to see your words. They don’t need to be dressed up in fancy clothes.