A snarkling writes hopefully:
Agents/editors guidelines seem so distressingly anal at times that I wonder why the agents/editors don't simply agree on a universal form for all submissions/queries.
Cause we can't agree on what to order for lunch in our office let alone agree on query forms.
Hell, it took Yurp five hundred years to develop the Euro...and even now there are those who disdain its use.
Mostly though cause agents are competitive with each other, not collegial. We're all looking for ways to make our own lives easier and the heck with those (ha! THOSE) other writers/agents etc.
There's no percentage in it for US (ha! US!) so the chances of it happening are zip to none.
It's like learning to conjugate French verbs. A pain in the ass, but once you get the hang of it it's not the worst thing in the world. That would be Latin declensions.
Hic Haec Hoc-key puck
Score one for the Snark Team!