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#1 JonVonKnight

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Posted 01 November 2016 - 09:36 AM

Hi Everyone,

 

Are there agents out there that will represent a book that is already self published? 

 

I started writing my book 5 years ago and self published it in July 2014. Since finishing the book I know i've grown as a writer and as a person. I know every author probably says this but I look at the book now and know it can be better. I've already started my revision. 

 

So I guess the second question is would an agent be interested in representing a rewrite or second edition of an already self published book? 

 

Thanks to all in advance for sharing your experience, comments and opinions. This forum and everyone on it is a priceless resource for authors. 

 

Jon



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Posted 04 November 2016 - 07:16 PM

How many copies did you sell?

 

Could you change the title and character names and call it a new book?


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Posted 08 November 2016 - 12:27 PM

How many copies did you sell?

 

Could you change the title and character names and call it a new book?

 

I suppose that's an option. And a pretty good idea at that. Thanks for the input. 



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Posted 09 November 2016 - 05:23 PM

^^ I'd be careful with only doing superficial edits. I don't know the legal ins and outs here and you may want to see if some of the agents who give advice--Janet Reid, for example--would respond to an inquiry about this. Agents have google, so if they find what looks to be **almost** the identical book self published, it may be worse impression than being upfront with it. I think the only way revising would impact it positively is substantial as well as labelling changes. 






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