When an agent asks for the first five pages, does that mean double-spaced? YES It is my understanding that you always double-space when submitting--with the exception of the query letter and synopsis. Is this correct? YES
My prologue is two single-spaced pages. Is it ok to send a bit (as in, maybe a page) more or less than what the agent requests, so they will have a complete chapter and I can dictate the cut-off point? YES
Also, some agents ask for three sample chapters. Does that automatically mean the first three? YES Some of my favorite chapters are near the end, but I'm guessing agents want the beginning, even if they don't specify. Am I right there? YES
Thanks very much. I enjoy your blog. THANKS
Surely there is some sort of place all this information is readily available?
Why, yes, yes there is.
It's call Guide to Literary Agents, How To Write A Query Letter and Writers Market.
I'm glad to answer questions, particularly ones where there is conflicting info, or no info.
But this! This is the absolute rock bottom fundamental stuff that you can get from almost any writing reference guide.
Think of Miss Snark as the last stop on the clue train, not the tour guide to publishing.