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Define "First Five Pages" length

Posted: April 11th, 2020, 12:37 pm
by TGRossi
I've searched on this, and found conflicting advice. When an agent requests the first five (or whatever) pages , I am unclear on the length. Nowadays, my work lives as a Word Document. It has been suggested that 12 point font, double or 1.5 spaced is the usual. However, there is a huge difference between the resulting length based not only on margins and line spacing, but on font as well. Courier and other mono-spaced fonts are huge, and among other fonts (e.g. Arial vs Garamond). None of these corresponds to the ~250 words per page I use to estimate published length.
So what is recommended?
- Format as a manuscript for submission - Courier double spaced? It will be quite short
- Leave it as I do for Beta readers - Arial 12?
- Select the first ~ 1,250 words and format as needed?
- Something else?