I have a novel I want to sell and it's now out with an editor who asked for a revision a year or so ago. (I don't like this revision without a contract thing, but I'm a nobody, so I do it.)So, given that she'll probably reject it, here is my question. I sent this story out a few years ago before this major revision and received a few rejections on a partial and on my query. Seeing that it was sorta out there a few years ago, does this make my manuscript shop worn? Is it, in the industry, considered a loser because it had a history of a few rejects (most of them queries or partials). In fact, when I think about this, hardly anyone has read the whole ms. What's your take on mss that have evolved over time (5-6 years) gone through many incarnations (I don't write a book a year like many of my writer friends), and have grown along the way? Is it death for a book?
There was an idea floating around in the Renaissance that you become a whole new person every seven years. I kind of like the idea. Makes some of those high school year book mug shots less agonizing to look at.
The question here is really, when is this a new novel. Once you've shopped it around it does become shopworn. Editors are much less likely to be able to buy something if the exec editor says "yea, we saw that and passed on it five years ago.".
First thing of course is you need a new title and a new opening. Then shop it as a new novel if you've changed significant parts of it.
You might consider this as your practice novel though, and think about writing an actual new book. I'm always surprised at how much better most of my author's second novels are. You really do learn a lot by actually finishing one and starting the second.