After querying an agent, if they request a copy of your work do you send them something that is not published? I'm not sure if the work you send them is the actual work they will first take if they become your agent or if it is just a sample of your work.
Should one of our first steps be trying to find an agent? I have a short story coming out with an online publisher. I also have a novella finished as well as half of the second novella in the series. Is this too soon to start scoping out agents? I would like to move into print books instead of online but I didn't know if you can do that with novella's or not.
Ok, let's review the concept of a query letter. A query letter asks an agent to consider a specific work. That is the work you will send to them for consideration.
You do not send a query letter saying "will you be my agent"; you send a query letter that says "will you be an agent for this novel/novella/cluebook".
The right time to query an agent is when you have work ready for consideration. Based on your email to me, that is not now.