If you self-publish, can you still attempt to query agents?

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RiayNight
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If you self-publish, can you still attempt to query agents?

Post by RiayNight » March 25th, 2011, 12:36 am

Hi there Nathan! I have a question for you (given many of your recent posts concerning self-publishing through Kindle) and it's something I've been very curious about.

If you self-publish through Amazon like Hocking, can you still attempt to query agents with the novel? I would think that Hocking was offered her rumored publishing deal because of her success, but if a novel had moderate or little success could you take it off the Kindle market and attempt to land an agent for the project? And, if you could, do you think an agent would accept a project if they thought they could sell it, or would the fact that it had once been self-published on Kindle turn them and publishers off of the project?

Thank you for your generous time!

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Re: If you self-publish, can you still attempt to query agents?

Post by Nathan Bransford » March 26th, 2011, 8:56 pm

I wrote this post a couple of years ago about the things I used to look for in self-published authors when I was an agent, and even in the e-book era it's still the same advice I'd offer today: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2007/08 ... areer.html

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