Here's my question. The always helpful JA Konrath put this note on his blog talking about how NOT to put the agent or editor off IMMEDIATELY by looking like an amateur:
Spacing. If I see big blocky paragraphs, more than 25 lines per page, no indenting, indenting 3 spaces or less (rather than 5), line spacing between paragraphs, or a story that begins on the first line of the first page rather than halfway down the first page, my subconscious says, "I don't want to read this" and my subconscious is usually right.
Indenting? I thought that went out with high button shoes. I thought paras were left justified, with an extra line spacing before them.
Am I really really wrong?
Indent five spaces (what my computer likes to call TAB) at the start of a new paragraph, and at the start of a new line of dialogue.
Indents are out and extra lines are in if you single space, say for example in a synopsis.
Like this sentence. It starts a new paragraph.
"And this one too," Killer Yapp chimed in, happy to quoted on the blog.
This form is for written queries ONLY. If you email, the form is different. There you DON'T include tabs, you uses spaces. The TAB command does not travel well among word doc programs. I can't tell you the number of manuscripts I tediously reformat so I can read them electronically. It's a f/ing pain in the finger. The problem is that programmers use TAB to move from one field to another, so you can't even search for it to replace it. And for all you computer hotshots out there, no tutorials please. I've spent quite enough time on the phone with Apple as it is.