Hi Miss Snark- I hope you and Killer Yap had a great trip. Recently you referred to paper quality as telling you something about the sender, which made me wonder if you prefer 100% cotton as so many books advise or regular printer paper. I'm happy to send the manuscript on silk if it would make any difference in its reception, but I doubt it. I couldn't find a post in which you already covered this, but if you have, I'm sorry to ask again.
Regarding e-mail correspondence, I understand your reasoning as to why a hard copy allows for a more thorough review, but if the agent specifies e-mail should that method be used?
I'm glad one of the snarklings suggested you put all of your wisdom in a book. I imagined that's what you had planned all along. I can't wait to buy it.
In reverse order:
Miss Snark has no plans to make book, other than on the duration of the transit strike. Miss Snark likes other people to work hard to create things while she swills gin and conjures up deals.
If an agent specifies email, follow the instructions.
Miss Snark loves paper. Kate's Paperie is one of her favorite places on earth. Crane and Company at Rock Center too, but in a pinch any office supply store can provide a fix.
Miss Snark is not about to get started on what kind of paper to send. Yes your manuscript looks cleaner and brighter on higher brightness number paper. Yes you want to make sure your inkjet or laser cartridge is not dimming midway through the novel (or your printer wavering--that drives me nuts).
The truth is though I'll mostly read what you send if it's on 8.5 x 11 paper, in black ink with 1 inch margins in a readable font.
If we undertake a project together I'll make you reprint it to my standards, but in the query process, I don't get too cranky about paper.