A reader writes to ask:
I am submitting a short story collection, but the publisher requests just the first 50 pages.
How do I handle this in terms of what I would write for word count? Do I include the number of words in first 50 pages? The entire manuscript?
You mentioned including a list of where stories had been published. What should this list look like? A simple 1, 2, 3? Should I title the page?
In your cover letterand this goes for novels as well as collectionsyou should mention the word count for the full manuscript. That's the information your editor needs in order to understand the size of the book you're proposing. There is no need to give a word count for the 50-page excerpt.
I'm not aware of a hard-and-fast rule for how to list the publication history for your stories, so use your best judgment. I would simply include a page headed "Publication History" at the end of the sample pages. (You can indicate in your cover letter that such a list will follow the excerpt.) It would be fine to single-space within entries on this page, and numbering them is not required. To get even fancier, you could use hanging indents for each item in the list.