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Ye Olde Falconer
05-17-2010, 10:10 PM
So I've been asked for a full manuscript!!! Yay! But...
She wants it via email, no problem...word doc, 12 point, etc. But do I send it double-spaced as i would a hard copy? Or does it matter in electric format?

Also, she wants a synopsis but gave no indication as to length. What would be a good "default" length for a synopsis?

Thanks!
Ye Old Falconer

slcboston
05-17-2010, 10:12 PM
I can't answer the second question - though I have wondered about that myself - but in regards to double-spacing, the answer is "Yes."

Xvee
05-17-2010, 10:17 PM
From all the info I've read, synopsis tend to be 3-5 pages long, with a very few sources suggesting it can be up to 8.

All the short story submissions I come across ask for single space, not sure about novel.

Danthia
05-18-2010, 07:18 PM
But do I send it double-spaced as i would a hard copy? Or does it matter in electric format?
Yes. You're not pasting a full into the email, you're sending a file, so format it same as if you'd send it in hard copy.

Also, she wants a synopsis but gave no indication as to length. What would be a good "default" length for a synopsis?
You can't go wrong with a one-pager synopsis, but as long as you keep it under three pages you should be good. Single space for synopses is fine, unless you go over three pages, then do double. (longer reads need double space otherwise it's hard to read)

Lydia Sharp
05-18-2010, 07:30 PM
Ditto Danthia's answer. For emphasis. :)

Ye Olde Falconer
05-18-2010, 10:16 PM
Thanks for all the input. At this point I have a rough 3-page synopsis that I will edit down to 2.

Lydia- I just put 2 and 2 together and realized I'm one of your blog followers. I have enjoyed it (when I have time to blog visit!) Thanks.