1) The main character of my WIP does not appear on the pages until the second chapter. Should I:
a. include the actual first 5-10 pages? Because those first pages are just a sample of my writing style and ability to hook the reader anyway.
b. include the first five pages of the second chapter? Because this action includes the MC and will make more sense to an agent who just read my query.
c. do something else? I don't think I should rewrite the query to include the subplot introduced in the first chapter. Nor do I want to rearrange the WIP so the protagonist starts the action. But I am open to those options if you have a different opinion.
2) The first few pages of my WIP have footnotes that are translations of French phrases in the text. I think they're understandable without the footnotes, but beta readers requested them. Since I will put sample pages in the body of my email below the query, should I try to incorporate the footnotes (maybe with asterisks or something)?
1. The correct answer is d: include the first 5-10 pages (or whatever the agent asked for) and at the bottom of your query write "the main character is introduced on page X" so the agent knows not to expect Felix Buttonweezer even though the query is about him.
2. You can't have footnotes in an email. The format will make
To support this opinion, go take a look at any episode of the late, lamented tv show Firefly in which the characters curse in Chinese. You don't need to know what they're saying to know what they mean.