I am currently writing a novel in verse. Specifically, in Pushkin sonnets. I shall be done in a few months, and so I wonder: How do you put such a thing in standard manuscript format? It's not quite a novel and it isn't poetry, and I can't seem to find guidelines for the middle ground anywhere.
Well, it is a novel, and it is poetry, and it's called a novel in verse, or verse novel.
There are a bunch of them, and they are all pretty interesting to read, and not just for subject matter but how they use form to convey content.
Kelly Jensen wrote a piece for BookRiot listing her top 100 must read YA books in verse. You should be passing familiar with all of those books before you start to query. I don't mean buy all of them (but if you've got the cash for that, go for it!) but you can get them at your library, and even do a look inside via Amazon.
As to your question, you query this like you would a novel and the pages you include are the first however many pages of the book the agent asks for. Don't break a sonnet under any circumstances, not a chapter either if you can help it.
And each sonnet is a paragraph.
And yes, I had to look up Pushkin sonnets.
Further clarification: the single/double spacing rule of manuscript pages does NOT apply here.
Here's why: manuscript pages are double spaced for easier reading. Double spacing the lines of a sonnet don't make it easier to read. Knowing WHY you double space allows you to see why in this case, the format follows content:
Thus your page would be like this in an email:
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep.