I know you're going to bite my head off for this question, but here goes...
Hypothetically speaking...Let's say a first time novelist gets overly excited and queries a bit too soon. Perhaps she wants to test the waters and sends out a few queries before her beta readers have gotten back to her. (I know...I know...)
Well...her beta readers have gotten back to her and everyone is really loving her novel, except for one little flaming red flag...they hated the opening chapters.
She's fixed them and is very happy with the changes, but the question is...At this point, she's assuming those initial queries are all going to get rejected, which she's accepted, but is there anything she can do to let those agents know the opening has changed? Or should she just chalk it up as a lesson learned?
(And yes...she's well aware that she's tasty shark bait at this point. She's hiding safely under the covers with her toes far from the edge of the bed.)
As always, thank you so much for your time and advice. As afraid as I am to hear it, it's still very much appreciated!
|You did WHAT?|
Well, you can requery. There is no law that says you can't query again even if the agent has passed the first time. There are no black lists. Agents don't gather in covens to hand around lists of Bad Bad Writers. (The lists are of Bad Bad Editors!)
You'll want to change your email address if you do. If you query me from an email address I've heard from before, gmail groups those emails even if the subject line changes.
Do NOT mention you queried before.
And don't expect a flurry of requests.
Often, the reason I pass on queries is not the first pages; it's a problem with the query, OR it's a book I don't want to read or work on.
I recently passed on a project that had a terrific query and artfully written pages. It was a book about an emotionally charged subject, and I don't have the emotional bandwidth to even consider that book right now. Nothing the author can do about that. (I passed with a personalized email saying why, but still, not fun for the author.)
But, this time, make sure you've really polished that query and first pages till they sparkle.
A do-over is fine. A dozen-over is a sign your enthusiasm needs better management.
Your enthusiasm is the flip side of the writer who can't bear to send a query cause it might not be perfect. That writer tinkers endlessly. With the query. With the pages. With the novel. That kind of LACK of eagerness is just as much a problem as your abundance of enthusiasm.
That sweet spot of when to query is when you're confident, and your revisions are just moving things back and forth without actually changing much at all.
Bottom line: there are no query police and I'm always looking for good work.