The first 7 chapters of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie are up! Horray! If you have no idea what I am talking about, see my other (research project) blog.
Editors also know that the people who are really readers want to read. They hunger to read. They will forgive a vast number of clumsinesses and scamped work of every sort if the author will delight them just enough to keep them able to continue.