As an aspiring middle grade fiction author, midway through renovating my first novel (and I say renovating because it's not revising; it's major overhaul), I'm curious how many writers queried their first novels. In one regard, I can't imagine not querying it simply because of all the time, effort, sweat, and soul poured into it. In another regard, I know first attempts at anything can be horrendous, or even worse.
Since my current WIP is a renovation, maybe I already wrote that first frightful novel, and the reno is now my second. Just for interest sake, no, I did not query that first version. I knew it was dreadful, and shockingly so the more I read it. But its premise seems strong, so I didn't trash it altogether. I kept the foundation - the premise, three characters, and certain historical references.
So today this novel and nouveau writer is seeking advice. Did you query your first work? If so, why? If not, why not? If not yet, will you one day? I fully realize every writer has a varied path. What you do, what others do, and what I end up doing may be disparate. But hearing other writer's stories helps me digest my new surroundings.