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Solved Wordpad vs. Notepad issue.....

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by bj nick, Mar 15, 2019.

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  1. bj nick

    bj nick Thread Starter

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    So....I need to send out "query letters" to literary agents; it's involved and finicky. Basically I need to paste a bunch of text into the email and send it to them (they don't accept attachments.) I have at least a dozen of these to send. The procedure as I've been told is to copy-paste from the original MS Word 2016 doc into Notepad, which strips out the formatting, then copy-paste from Notepad into the email body, then put spaces back between paragraphs, etc. This is all fine, but with Notepad I can't italicize text, and that's sort of critical to my novel chapters they'll be reading.

    Can I just use Wordpad instead, which will allow formatting text? (italicize, bold, etc.) Will Wordpad serve the same purpose as Notepad; i.e. remove all formatting in order to avoid weirdness on the other end (the agent's inbox)?

    thanks!
     
  2. lunarlander

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    The thing is you have to test and see is if the text pasted from Wordpad into your email will show your italics. Try sending the email to yourself. If the editors won't accept attachments, and if the italics Do work when pasted from Wordpad, then all is good.
     
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    You need to tell us what "Formatting" is allowed, so that we can give you a better answer?

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    (italicize, bold, etc.) are formatting, so what do they (the agents) accept?
     
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    bj nick Thread Starter

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    It's sort of unclear......the articles I've seen basically say to leave all formatting out. No bold, no italics, no underlining.
     
  5. DaveA

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    Then all you need to do, set up the new mail to be "Plain Text" and copy and paste from the Word document.
    All of the formatting including font changes will be remove to just PLAIN text.
     
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    Hey Everybody, thanks for the feedback. Now I know what I need to.....thanks!
     
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