Several years ago, I had a novel picked up by an agent that made the submission rounds. Sadly, it didn't sell. The contract was for that book only, so that was the end of that. I also had a previous novel that said agent didn't think would work, so back into the drawer it went.A bunch of life got in the way (and honestly I was kind of soul crushed) and I didn't write much for awhile. However, I have a new book in the works, and I have also begun a major revision on old book said agent didn't think would work out that I think will fix the major issues with it.I liked my old agent, he's from a great agency, and he has a great reputation. I'd love for him to pick up this revision and/or the new book that I'm working on. But I don't know if it would be stupid to write to him and say, "Hey, remember me?" Especially when the revision is for a book that he had previously turned down. Especially when the last book didn't sell.Do I write to him and tell him that I had revised the old book and see if he's interested in seeing it? If he turns it down, do I mention the new book and see if he has any interest in that (the revision will be finished first), or do I just query agents for the revision and see what happens? I don't to pass up a chance or burn any bridges.
What's the down side of getting in touch with Agent Old?
None as far as I can tell.
Remember the guiding principle of querying: agents are looking for things they can sell. You have such a thing. While I won't go so far as to say you're doing him a favor by querying, you're certainly not wasting his time.
Let him know you have something new.
That's always more interesting than anything revised.
You can mention the revised ms at the end of the query for the new one.