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It’s good to know that it’s reasonable to not have samples; I wonder if Relay’s practice of asking for one is part of why some editors aren’t super impressed with them. I definitely get the sense that their business model is built on working with newbies (which makes it a fine opportunity for me, but probably not for experienced folks).
Just as a note on sample possibilities, one of mine is an abandoned story by an old critique partner. And the other sample is actually an ancient ms of my own from about 15 years ago. I barely remembered it, so I used it as a DE practice ms. I was upfront with Relay that the sample was from a practice ms, and they were fine with that.