Most agents want the first so many pages or chapters sent in the body of an email. I spend hours formatting my manuscript only to have it hacked to pieces in the emailing process.

Do agents understand and ignore these formatting nightmares or do they expect the same kind of clean, crisp formatting that is sent in an attachment or by snail mail?

I've spent hours and hours trying to correct the errors. I've even typed the three chapters into the body, but that's so time consuming and repetitive. Even then, sometimes you hit a wrong key and bam! It discharges into cyberspace too soon, or it gets screwed up anyway.

I have searched the internet and although most of the articles I've come across explain the reason for formatting errors in emails, none explain how to fix them.

Suggestions anyone?