I and doing some research and wondered if you could tell me why editors and agents prefer to view only the first chapter, first 30-50 pages, etc. over receiving the full manuscript? Do you feel it breaks the flow when you read those first pages, are drawn in and want to read more, and then have to reach out to the author to request the remaining pages?
This is a holdover from the Paper Days when authors had to pay to send pages, and pay to get them back. Agents didn't ask for the whole thing in order to save money. And frankly, shelf space on our end of things.
And yes, I do think it breaks the flow to have to stop and ask for more.
The best example of that is when Patrick Lee queried me (on paper!) and I emailed him and asked for the first fifty (I was young and foolish) and when I got to page 49 I called him up and said "I'm waiting right here till you send it."
And then I called the office and said "I won't be in today."
And then I read his book and called him up and said "Please god tell me no one has gotten their claws into you yet?" and he laughed, and I breathed a sigh of relief and we were off to the races.
I never asked for a partial again.
But, I've never seen a book as compelling as Patrick's was either.