I am pitching a book to different agents; however, I have also established an account with Kindle to upload my book. I haven’t done it yet, because I am fearful that an agent might not accept me in the future because the book is already in circulation.
If an agent decides to take on the book, and more editing is done, wouldn’t that mean there are two different versions of the same book “out there,” and an agent might frown on this?
I’ve tried to research the answer, but most sites explain how to do ebooks rather than an agent’s thoughts on the matter.
I’ve sampled over one hundred readers with my book, and the “real” targeted audiences have reacted extremely well to the story and characters. I am uncertain what to do?
When you say "upload your book" what you're saying is "publish your book." Putting a book up for sale on Kindle (or any other electronic reading platform) is publishing. It's not testing the market, it's not sampling, it's publishing.
And therein lies the rub. Once you've published the book, it's done. There's no going back.
So, yes, an agent will say "you've already published the book. How many did you sell?" When you say "hundreds" the agent says "thanks but this is a pass for me."
There's nothing wrong with putting your book up on Kindle (or any other electronic platform you choose, or all of them) but you must now be prepared to act as your own publisher and marketing department if you want anyone in trade publishing to notice or care.
A lot of writers are learning this the hard way.
Now, if you do work your magic and sell a lot of copies, and an agent is interested, generally they'll have you take down the self-pubbed version while the ms is on submission. And certainly a publisher will have you take it down if they offer you a contract for publication.
This has proved to be a sticky wicket for several authors I know cause they're making serious money from self-pubbing, money they need to live on.
And in the end, yes, it's a problem if "versions" of a book exist. You need to be careful to let readers know that the book was previously published as X, and is now available as Y.