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#1 DLeicht


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:12 AM

Do you ever go back and delete older stories you've written and self published through either Smashwords or Amazon? I've grown a lot with my writing over the years and wonder if agents consider things like this. Would it be better to approach an agent with a "clean slate" or a catalog of stories that have shown your progression over the years? I've noticed, and been told, I've grown a lot with my description and characters, both of which weren't as strong when I first entered into self publishing. 


Should I dive back into older stories and rework them using what I know now? What's your opinion/experience on the matter? 

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 11:16 AM

I think reworking old stories and republishing them is fine, but I'd recommend doing it as new stories. Lots of stories have been recast, reshaped, altogether rewritten, and then republished. And tons of famous writers tread over ground they've worn down from frequent visits. For example, how many wrestlers, trips to Vienna, or bears has John Irving mentioned?

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 02:07 PM

Are you asking if you should delete older stories that are out there under your name that don't necessarily show your best work?


I would, for sure. Especially if they are not generating any revenue for you. An agent who is interested in your will Google you, and if it turns up subpar stuff it could hurt you.

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