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One agent has asked.........
'Paste the first ten pages of your book in the body of your email.'
Can anybody recommend the standard page size and font used in the UK for a middle-grade book?
Many thanks  Paul
#1 - July 10, 2022, 03:02 PM

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Hi Paul,

I'm not sure about the UK--but I think it would be the same as in the US. A typical page is 8 1/2 x 11 with 1" margins using Times New Roman size 12 font. For pasting 10 pages into an e-mail for an agent query, I used to start at the top of the page vs. leaving room on top for the beginning of the novel and the start of each chapter (I'd put it in a new file so I could see how long it was).

Find a great place to stop. If page 10 is the beginning of a new chapter, consider sending 9 pages. 

Here's helpful info from SCBWI on formatting a manuscript:

Good luck!
#2 - July 11, 2022, 12:48 AM

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As a member of SCBWI, you have free access to The Book, the Essential Guide to Publishing which lists all kinds of helpful information such as this--check out the section called "From Keyboard to Printed Page".  You can find it here   Make sure you are logged in to SCBWI first.
#3 - July 11, 2022, 07:02 AM
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When the text is in the body of an email (rather than an attached file), agents often want only basic formatting -- with no indents, single spaced paragraphs and double spaces between paragraphs.

You may want to research the agent a bit and see their preferences. They may list their "pet peeves" someplace.
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