I have what I now am thinking is the dumbest question in the world. I mean, I should know this but I honestly don't. And the question is... am I supposed to be using indentions for each new paragraph in my query letter? In my novel? I don't want to look like I don't know what I'm doing, but I don't know if indentions are just something they teach you back in elementary school (like putting two spaces after a period) or if they are actually supposed to be used.
- A Reader
In your query letter, it doesn't matter, as long as you put a space between paragraphs so we know where they end. In your manuscripts, use indents, and no spaces between paragraphs, like a normal book (except that it's double-spaced).
How using indents or spaces between paragraphs will make you look like you don't know basic grammar, so stay away from doing that.
I honestly don't know where this double-spacing business started, but I'm not a huge fan. NO ONE DO THIS, but I find 1.5 perfectly acceptable. When you figure the cost of paper, the cost of ink (especially if you don't have a laser printer), and now these increased shipping costs for weight, huge manuscripts are generally bad, in my opinion as a writer and as an assistant. We're not a huge fan of the 800-page unsolicited manuscripts. It's bad enough that they're unsolicited, but I'm not much of a weight lifter as it is.