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Kate: As an editor/reviewer, let me ask your opinion on something. If I send an agent or publisher "several chapters" of my book, is it better to send, say, the first three to show the story progression, or three representative chapters from throughout the book to show how the story has evolved -- maybe even different types of chapters (one with a lot of action, one with humorous dialog, one with more exposition) to show a range of writing skills? Or should I just go with what I consider my three best chapters, regardless of the type or location in the book?

Also, I'm having trouble figuring out how the book is going to end up, so I don't know if I'm going to be able to come up with an outline of the rest of the book until I'm just about done with it.

I can't seem to see the big picture of this story; it keeps changing. Originally, the big payoff was going to be finding the valuable mineral the crew was prospecting for. Well, they did that in Chapter 5. Then it was going to be meeting aliens. They did that in Chapter 8. Then it was going to be finding out the "big secret" of the Progenitors. They did that in Chapter 9. So right now I don't know how I'm going to end this. I have already thrown in three major surprises. I'm not sure how many more I can come up with. <sigh>

Any suggestions? Thanks!

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