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Basically, is it ok to send sample chapters of your novel with the query? I've heard people say to do it and others say don't do it and I believe some have even said even if the agent does ask for it, it's still ok to send a couple chapters with the query.

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Read the guidelines. If they want 3 chapters, send 3 chapters. If they want 50 pages, send 50 pages.
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Many agents specify, and some will even say things like "All attachments will be left unopened, deleted, with the query unread." So, yep. Mike's right. Make sure to follow their individual guidelines.
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Your query letter should be asking them if they're interested in seeing your work, and if so, how much they want to see and in what format. Sending sample chapters with a query letter defeats the object of writing the letter in the first place. Find out what they want, then follow their instructions.
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