The question is regarding maps in novels and sample pages (In usual fashion, my cart is bopping along the rocky road pushed by the nose of my weary horse. This is for my next and as yet unfinished novel).
I did read your old posts regarding graphics and maps and understand why graphics are generally frowned upon for debuts and that illustrative maps are typically outsourced.
However, I do actually have the skillset to do this (the map illustrations, I mean. Jury is still out on the writing bit). I was in a graphics heavy profession in my formative years and can more than competently do black and white line art.
The actual question: Hypothetically, when an agent requests sample pages, would one include a sample of said map graphic as an embedded image in the word or PDF document if it’s relevant to the submitted pages? The book does not specifically need maps, though it would be delightful to have them, as there is a bit of wandering.
I love love love maps in books, and I'm not alone. Maps, even of "real places" like St. Mary Meade, are fun to look at.
And of course fantasy maps are just the cat's pjs. Even ones that are more art than informational.
However, when an agent requests the manuscript, including art is not implied.
What you can do is put the maps on your website and reference that in your query.
You have a website right? (no, you don't, I checked).
You MUST have a website, and being able to include maps is just one more reason to get cracking.
I've gotten on my soapbox about the value of websites in previous posts.
Also the jury is NOT out on your writing skills. You ARE a good writer, and I have the flash fiction entries to prove it.