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Postby MookyMcD » Thu May 01, 2014 9:40 am

There are two issues here. One is what you need to write. For me, that's anything that works with a keyboard, can put capital and small letters into some kind of document, double space, and have paragraph breaks.

The second one is what the person you're sending it to wants to receive. In my limited experience so far, that's been a Word document (or a .pdf, but usually a Word document). The thought of something else having the formatting completely screwed up when an agent opened it in Word is, alone, enough for me to think that's really the only way to go right now. For a querying writer, anyway. I assume I'd have similar experiences and feelings if I were trying to sell short stories to magazines or anything else, too.

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Postby TerryRodgers » Thu May 01, 2014 10:14 am

Very good point, Michael. If you do not use Word, the product used by the majority of agents (I think it's 100% of the agents), how do you know, with one hundred percent assurance, that the person(s) opening the file sees exactly what you want them to see. Is it worth the chance?

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Postby MookyMcD » Thu May 01, 2014 11:58 am

When one user with MS Word opens a document written by another user and saved in MS Word, the page breaks, paragraph breaks, spaces between words, etc., are all going to still be there. When you go across platforms, those things can get really messed up. You could cite me to a thousand articles saying that's not the case and not convince me, because I have observed it.

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