i'm looking at different literary agents and what they want from submissions... and i'm almost shocked to find out that you don't really have to have a completed project, that they'll take a proposal and the first 10 pages (sometimes less). i have a question though. what is the process from there? in an ideal world... i submit the first 10 pages to an agent, in a few weeks they contact me back saying they are interested... than what? do THEY (the agent) want me to finish the book before they can talk it up to publishers (because a potential advance comes from the publisher? am i correct) or do i get an advance from the Agent themselves while they are trying to talk to book up and while i'm finishing it up? no matter what, i'm going to move forward with submitting my stuff to different places... but i'm just curious if anybody knows the inner workings of all that!?