Dear Miss Snark ~
Some while back, when I was much more clueless, I submitted a novel to a publishing house that accepts un-agented submissions. My manuscript was promptly rejected - but this was a good thing, as it needed some serious revisions. That done, now I am seeking an agent.
Which leads me to my question. Said revisions were quite extensive, plus I changed the title. My question is: given the book's revisions and title change, IF an agent expresses interest in it, is it kosher for me to *omit* mention of my (rejected) self-submission? Or is that considered really bad author-agent relations?
The only reason I'm asking this question is the publishing house to which I self-submitted is quite prominent, so if I got extremely lucky, my hoped-for agent might consider sending my book there. What I don't know is if trying to self-submit has already sunk this book's chance, with that publisher.
Chances are your book never made it to an editor's desk. Chances are the intern who read it is now busily sussing out the best lunch spots at another publishing house.
It won't hurt to mention this foray through the Slush Pile, particularly couched in the "just so you know" vein but you ONLY need to do it if an agent expresses interest. You can leave those pesky details till after she's fallen for your deathless prose and can't live without you on her list.