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I've written two MG chapter books (fiction) that have been published by a vanity house, and appear on Amazon, etc.  Do I need to do a rewrite in order to submit a query to a potential agent?
#1 - August 24, 2021, 03:38 PM

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Agents are not interested in seeing published work. You can query new work to agents though.
#2 - August 24, 2021, 04:35 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths - CSIRO Pub. Nov. 2021

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That's what I thought. Thanks for connecting!
#3 - August 24, 2021, 04:40 PM

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Not a problem, Robert. Happy writing!
#4 - August 24, 2021, 10:18 PM
Odd Bods: The World's Unusual Animals - Millbrook Press 2021
Tiny Possum and the Migrating Moths - CSIRO Pub. Nov. 2021

www.juliemurphybooks.com

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I'm afraid that even a rewrite won't be picked up by an agent. Unless your books have sold in the tens of thousands, close that door and open new ones.
#5 - August 27, 2021, 09:24 PM
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Can you tell me what you base that on? Is this something that you have experienced?
#6 - August 28, 2021, 07:41 AM

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Robert, you might find the newer agent profiles on Literary Rambles helpful. http://www.literaryrambles.com/

The more recent ones are done interview-style, and she always poses the question "Do you accept queries from self-published authors?"

Over and over, the answer is always some version of, "Of course, but only if they are querying me with brand-new, never-before-published  work."

Move on to brand-new work. That's the mindset we need to sustain a career anyway -- always producing new and better work. Don't SP or vanity anything you even think you might want to traditionally publish. SP is a separate path, not a stepping stone to traditional.
#7 - August 28, 2021, 08:32 AM
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Can you tell me what you base that on? Is this something that you have experienced?

Years of reading agent interviews and listening to them talk at conferences and workshops. Some self-published books do get picked up by agents, but those books are like Elf on the Shelf (which was self pubbed to start). They have sales that tell a publisher they will make money on the deal.

Remember, publishing is a business. If your books didn't sell well when you self published, there is no reason for an agent or editor to believe they'll sell any better once traditionally published. And from their perspective a vanity press is worse than self publishing because of the nature of how vanities run. Here's an article on the topic: https://www.janefriedman.com/land-agent-self-published-book/. I'm sure you could find others.

#8 - August 28, 2021, 06:02 PM
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