Dear Miss Snark,
Should query letters be single or double spaced? Does it matter?
I've been reading up on how to format queries, synopses and manuscripts, and I'm getting totally confused by conflicting advice from different books and websites. Two Writer's Digest books disagree on line-spacing for queries, and both make it sound like theirs is the only correct format.
I suspect like a lot of neophytes I'm getting balled up in trivia, but there is an overwhelming feeling that I've only got one shot, so I'd better get it right.
A query letter is a business letter. Single spaced.
If you include pages (and you should unless otherwise instructed) those are manuscript pages. Those are double spaced.
Anyone who says different is just plain wrong.
And yes it does matter. Send manuscript pages single spaced and I'll know you don't know what you're doing. It's also very hard to read which means you better have a gripping first sentence cause that's about all I'm going to look at.
This applies ONLY to print. Email submissions are formatted for email.