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Whats the best way to present your submission to a literary agent? Helen Corner-bryant advises a writer worried about formatting

Q My query is regarding the formatting of email attachments when submitting a covering letter, synopsis, and the first three chapters of a novel to a literary agent. There are no clear guidelines when I researched the literary agent online. I was wondering if you could advise what is the best approach if it is not mentioned in the guidelines. Some agents mention that the covering letter should go into the body of the email, and that would be fine. But then again, would I attach the synopsis, title page and first three chapters, as one whole document?

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