I have shelved a project, then taken a couple bits and pieces I cut from it, and am writing a new book entirely. The book is still fantasy and similar to original project but with a different plot, different POV, different title. It's essentially a new project.
1. For the agents who kindly rejected me on the original project, is it ok to query them with new project when it is done? It is a new project, so that should be cool, right?
2. For the outstanding requests, do I need to formally withdraw the original project. With one of these agents, I would like to query the new project. Do I start over at step one and query her according to her guidelines as if this is first time querying her? Or do I mention the full request I withdrew. I met this agent at conference and full request came from partial request at conference.
2. Yes.Yes. No.
You're essentially asking when does an old project change enough that it's new.
I think different plot and different POV are the key. A different title is good, but you can't just change the title on a book and call it "new."
You do need to withdraw the old manuscript if only for tidy record-keeping. I only consider one project at a time for prospective clients. If I've got Kale by Mooonlight on my docket, I won't ask to see Carrots by Twilight.
Given the reading stack we all moan about at Agent Summer Camp, I think it's a fair assumption most agents operate that same way. Thus: withdraw.
And yes, you ALWAYS start over. You query as though she's never heard of you.
It's incredibly annoying to get a half-assed query "hey you requested Foliage for Felix last year but passed, here's my new one."
It's much more efficient to query this new ms as a fresh start. You might mention you met at the conference. You don't need to mention the ms you withdrew.
Give yourself as clean a slate as possible.
I try very hard to read queries and fulls with the freshest eye possible, but it's really hard when a writer says "hey you passed on something else last year, now I have something new."
Now, this is one of those things that other