First, I just want to say that I pretty much know all the general advice about querying agents. You should wait until the manuscript is done done, best quality you can possibly get it, etc, etc. I know the following question goes against that, but hear my situation out and I just want to hear what people think/what they might do in my situation. I sat down to write my first novel in 2007. I finished the first draft a year later, revised it for a year and then had a lot of friends read it. Got really positive feedback, people seemed to really like it. I met Alan Rinzler (a pro editor) the summer of 2009, he read the novel and pretty much killed my dreams, haha. Well, for that novel anyway. He basically said what it was: good practice. I put it away. Since I've written about 4 more novels. I queried #2 to agents in 2011 and got a few requests for full manuscripts, but ultimately it was a learning experience. I am currently trying to find an agent for book #5 (3 and 4 are in rough rough drafts still and need major revisions). I have sold short stories here and there, especially recently with a pro sale in there. My writing has improved tremendously and I can see it by looking back at the first novel. The writing of the first novel wasn't necessarily bad. Technically, it's very polished. But I used to use a LOT of metaphors and I've gotten a lot better at setting strong scenes with less words. Anywho, one of my faithful readers who has pretty much read all of my stuff said he wanted to list book #1 as part of this "10 best books you've read" list on Facebook. Also, my wife has always said that she thought book #1 was the best. I KNOW that I can go back to Book #1, re-write it and have a kickass story. But it's a YA fantasy at 150,000 words and would take a lot of time and, frankly, I think that overall my writing career will be better off with me focusing my free time on 1) getting professional short story sells and 2) revising/focusing on one of my later novels to fish an agent with. Here's a little background on my life right now: I'm a second year medical student. I'm married I have a 6 month old son. So, I'm looking at this first novel and wondering if it has any potential to push along my career. I'm considering querying agents with it and seeing where it falls. Even if I rewrite it one day (which I plan to do), realistically it probably wouldn't be for another 10 years or so. Even if every YA agent reads it and rejects it, in 10 years it won't matter in terms of submitting again. Also, Book #1 is the only YA fantasy book I've written. The others are horror and sci-fi, so I'd be querying a different agent pool. My hope is that if the story finds an agent who thinks it has potential, then I would have a good reason to put all my eggs in that basket, so to speak, and use my free time revising it. Do people have any suggestions on how I might go about querying? Ideally I would show the agent recent writing as proof of, hey, here's proof that I can get this to where it needs to be. I'm guessing that mentioning that in the original query will just be a turn-off. I'm thinking of taking some time to revise the first chapter and then if anyone requests a full to include a note just being upfront and honest: I know this isn't in the best shape, but I can focus my energies on it if I have someone to back it. I know this is a longshot. Basically, I'm just wondering if I'm letting a good piece of writing go to waste, especially since I know it's just going to sit there forever. What would you do? Would it hurt to try and find an agent for it at all? Thanks for taking the time to read! I appreciate any comments!