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If an agent's specific submission instructions for a) a query letter or b) a cover letter and the manuscript involve submitting via email only, would you attach these things to an email or would you copy their contents into the body of the email? I've read that some agents do not like attachments because of possible hidden viruses and prefer instead to see everything in the body of the email. But when the agent's instructions do not specifically say to do this, would you assume attachments are OK? 
#1 - August 05, 2015, 09:59 AM

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Don't assume you can attach unless it specifically says you can.

Put the query in the body of the email, and paste the sample pages or PB text below that.

If you get a full request, they'll almost always tell you to attach that.  :goodluck
#2 - August 05, 2015, 11:05 AM
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Normally these things are pasted in the body of the email unless they specifically say to attach the ms in a Word document. But I think for querying, query letter and sample pages are typically pasted. If the agent wants to request a partial or full for a novel after receiving the query then they will request an attachment. PBs normally full ms is pasted in the body at query stage unless otherwise specified.

It has been a while since I was querying, but I don't think this has changed. Someone will chime in if it has tho.
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#4 - August 05, 2015, 11:09 AM
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Thanks to you both.
#5 - August 05, 2015, 02:00 PM

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Just agreeing with what was said above.  :yup
#6 - August 05, 2015, 02:03 PM
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Be sure to check the website. I've seens some agents who want things submitted through an online form.
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Agreed. I always paste in the bottom of the email UNLESS the agent specifically asks for an attachment during the query portion. It's rare but some agents do specifically request attachments during querying in their submission guidelines


Once they request material it's typically okay to send attachments.
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Thank you all for the great advice!  :love5 :stars3
Good luck, Mary Ann!
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