Today we have a reader question about what to do if your book has been previously or partially published for a fundraiser. Annie says:
I have a question about your query guidelines because I did not see this explicitly addressed. I have a book that might fit your wish list. It’s a MG mystery featuring [redacted].
However, a significantly shorter, less nuanced version of this story had a limited, self-published print run for friends and family during a wheelchair basketball fundraiser several years ago. I didn’t advertise the book outside of the fundraiser, but I also did not realize at the time that using CreateSpace for that project would generate an Amazon page I can’t take down, even though new copies are no longer being printed.
I have since re-titled the book, expanded the word count by over 1/3, added new themes and scenes, and renamed characters.
Would you still be open to this query, or do you not accept anything that has had even parts already published?
Thank you in advance,
Thanks for writing, and for your patience as I got to my reader questions!
In this case, I would be open to the query, and I think you would just want to share that you used CreateSpace for the fundraiser but have significantly revised the project since then. I think that an editor/publisher would probably want to use a different title so that a new Amazon page was created that wasn’t linked to the old version, but otherwise, I think it sounds like enough has changed that you’re not trying to shop a book that was just self-published or is too similar to the previous project. Other agents may feel differently, but the only thing to do is query and see who bites!
Hope this helps!