Quote Originally Posted by cool pop View Post
Why in this day and age are some agents still not taking attachments for samples? Are they afraid of a virus? If they have antivirus then they'll be fine if that's the reason.
Former slush reader here.

Because it takes time to click and wait for the file to open. They're getting 20-50 submissions per day and always have a huge backlog of 100s more. Scrolling through the cover letter and straight into the MS shaves a few seconds off the process.

If the writing is good, then the format doesn't matter. They'll have seen everything.