When an agent/publisher limits manuscript submissions to your first 50 pages, and goes on to say it should be double-spaced as an attachment, does that mean your first 50 pages from your single-spaced document converted to a double-spaced submission (with standard formatting requiring the half-empty first page), or first converting the manuscript to double-space and formatting it for submission, then cutting it off at the resulting new 50-page mark?
Do you see the confusion? I'm sure everyone in the industry knows the answer but it's not clear to a lot of us, especially as it's totally different if you paste the pages into an email instead of attaching. Then, apparently, you're allowed to single-space, but must block indent.
If we get it wrong, should we assume that's an automatic rejection?