Paper weight

Dear Miss Snark:

In a query letter or partial, does the weight of paper matter? Postal costs would be more expensive with a 28 lb bond high quality laser paper, but it is what is normally in my printer and it is nicer to touch and the print is much clearer. Of course, the paper is heavier, but I don't know how much that matters.

It doesn't.


Aarin said...

My eyes narrow a bit as my jaw slacks.


Talk about micromanaging. What's next, a question about times versus courier?


Maria said...

Well, it only matters that you don't use "air mail" paper or that erasable stuff.

Anonymous said...

Statistically speaking, your odds of having a partial requested go up with the weight of the paper. Printing your query on posterboard is a guarantee of having your partial requested, particularly because it cannot be folded to fit into a regular envelope and therefore must be delivered by messenger service. It helps if the messenger boy looks like George Cloony and delivers a big ole pail of gin along with it.

Also, use a font half the size of the weight of the paper. If you're using 20 pound paper, use 10 point font; for 28, the minimum is 14 point font. For 50 pound cover sheet paper, the industry standard is to use Times New Roman Extra Bold 50 point font, and nothing else.

I hope this helps.

nut said...

So, what about font for banana leafs? I use them exclusively.

rams said...

Organic, I should hope.

lizzie26 said...

This was another topic (and probably still is) on writer's boards that was/is discussed ad nauseum.

As Miss Snark said, doesn't matter. I say, just make sure it doesn't reek of gin.

nut said...

Of course they're organic, rams! My Ogre fertilizes the banana tree, dayly. For free.

Stephen said...

Things may be different here in Europeland, but my agent suggested that the final version of my manuscript should be on 80gsm paper (about 22lb bond) rather than the nicer, heavier, 100gsm (about 27lb bond) that I had been using, because the smaller package would look more readily digestible by editors.

Of course for queries and partials this will be much less of an issue.

As with fonts and font sizes and all these other apparently minor details, I suspect that part of the trick is to follow common practice so that there is as little as possible to distract from the writing itself.