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MeeMee2000
09-18-2010, 12:04 AM
Yay! A lit agent finally asked to read my manuscript. They asked me to attach it and send it via email. Do I send it in a Word document (I have Word 2007) or do I convert it into a PDF file? What is the rule of thumb?

(I apologize if this has already been asked and answered but a search using the "search" function did not produce an answer for me.)

Thanks!

CheyElizabeth
09-18-2010, 12:20 AM
Congrats! Send it as a word file.

waylander
09-18-2010, 12:35 AM
as a Word file .doc or .rtf

thothguard51
09-18-2010, 12:38 AM
What they said...

MeeMee2000
09-18-2010, 12:39 AM
Okay - will do! Thanks for the quick response! :)

folkchick
09-18-2010, 12:41 AM
Whenever I convert to .rtf, all pages numbers disappear and formatting goes wacko (I'm on a Mac). So, unless stated by agent, I would suggest go with a .doc or PDF.

MeeMee2000
09-18-2010, 01:49 AM
I'm not even sure how to convert to rtf. (It's not listed as my options to Save As under Word) Sounds like it's a good thing I don't know since it doesn't work very well...

I'm guessing that I should send the Word doc unrestricted? I was only considering making it restricted to avoid the reader accidentally hitting some random key (I'm pictuirng some chapter disappearing at the flick of a finger!) but I will throw caution to the wind and send it unrestricted and hope it all goes well. If conventional wisdom says to restrict it, please let me know. Thanks!

CaroGirl
09-18-2010, 02:22 AM
I'm not even sure how to convert to rtf. (It's not listed as my options to Save As under Word) Sounds like it's a good thing I don't know since it doesn't work very well...
Yes it is. Scroll down. There are more Save As options further down.

Save it as a .doc file because not everyone has the newer MS Office.

Susan Littlefield
09-18-2010, 04:50 AM
Welcome and congratulations! I'm with the others- word or rtf, unless directed otherwise.

Clair Dickson
09-20-2010, 10:32 AM
If sending as a Word doc and you have Word2007 or 2010, save as .doc (Word1997-2003) format. Even though there is a conversion patch out since 2007 so older versions of Word can open the new format, there are many who don't have this. Best to be safe.

And send unrestricted. Even if an agent accidentally deletes something, they can always hit Undo or when they close the document, they can not save any inadvertent changes. Better this than have them laugh at your newbie paranoia. ;-)

MeeMee2000
09-20-2010, 10:51 PM
Thanks, Clair. Luckily I sent it unrestricted. I didn't think to save it in the older Word version. Hopefully they'll let me know if they can't open it!

Thanks, everybody for your insight and help! :)