One of the differences that stands out the most between querying agents here in the UK, and over in the States is that for the majority of UK agents, we still have to send hard copies. To be honest, I don’t think that this is a bad thing. Ok, so it means that process is probably quite a bit slower, and there’s the additional effort of making the presentation is just right, but there are some plusses in doing it this way.
A typical submission package consists of a cover letter, a synopsis, and the first three chapters of your MS, and if you want the work back, then an SAE. There’s something very satisfying about physically preparing the package, going down to the Post Office and sending it.
One of the other positives is that if your cover letter does manage to pique the interest of an agent, they have the first three chapters to hand already.
What do you think? Is the submission process in the States the way that they should be going over here? Or do you long for a return back to hard copies?