I wrote a book that was the pilot for a trilogy. I self-published it before I was fully informed of all my options. Now, I know that I probably can't ethically get the first book republished, but does that mean my other two books in the trilogy are doomed to never be traditionally published?
what??? What the hell do you mean you can't "ethically get the first book republished?" Who told you that? Never listen to that idiot again.
Now, realistically it's VERY hard to get an agent or a publisher interested in book two without having pubbed book one, BUT the reason has nothing to do with ethics. It's sales.
What you want to do right now is promote the hell out of this first book, get sales numbers that attract some attention and you'll have no problem selling book one to a new publisher.
Sheesh, some of the bad info that's floating around out there makes me wish for a cyber version of Noah's flood so we can start over with a clean slate.
Also, you didn't write a book that was a "pilot" for anything. That's tv talk. Learn your terms or you sound ill-prepared to enter the world of print publishing.