Hi there. New to the forum. I have a question about something which has always bemused me and could well be one of the reasons I have never sent a single thing I have written to a publisher or an agent (other than the inevitable insidious fear of crushing rejection). I have read (on various forums and in magazines) that "if you have a great idea for a novel, you should write at least 10,000 words and a bio for your main protagonist and you should send these along with the outline for the entire story to suitable agents and publishers". My question is: due to the organic nature of writing a novel, what if you were to happily send off the first three chapters, along with an in-depth bio for your hero and the broad outline of your novel only to discover that as you continue writing, the story changes and the outline becomes more and more brutalized, until it bears very little resemblence to your original idea. Some of the best ideas pop into your head as your fingers fly, so it would probably mean the new version of the story is in fact better than the original, but what if an agent had already said "hey, this sounds great, send me the rest!" only for the rest to be quite different from the original synopsis currently in his possession? I guess I'm exhibiting my ignorance of the industry, but I'm just wondering whether I should crack on and send my inchoate novel out into the world as it stands at 30,000 words. I know the ending, I know the basic structure and key events. I just anticipate them changing and rendering the synopsis already drifting past the eyes of the publishing gods obsolete. Just wondering. Some advice would be greatly appreciated! B.