No, not unless what you query is on the writing website.
Publishers and agents are perfectly fine if you have Project A on a place like Wattpad but they will most likely reject your query if you query Project A. Your query has to be something like Project B or Project M… something that the general public haven’t seen before.
This is because of a few things:
- Posting on a writing website constitutes it as being self-published.
It doesn’t matter if you’re making money from it or not, if the book is on a website of any kind with the ability of people seeing it as much as they wish, it’s self-publishing. And publishers don’t publish self-published books.
The only times when they will is if: 1) your book has a massive following. This is how Wattpad writers were able to publish their books by publishing companies. 2) you make a deal with the publisher where they have you take the book down or leave up a sample that was a first draft. Or 3) you take it down from the writing website before you query and don’t mention it, making sure it’s revised multiple times with those revisions not making it onto the website.
Overall, these are possibilities that can happen but probably won’t.
- Publishers don’t like self-published books because they want the first rights to the book.
Publishers want to be able to tell the world that they published your book first. They can’t do this if you post it on a website… and that’s what the first rights basically is in a way.
But having you be on a writing website is fine, in fact, it’s encouraged because you gain an audience that way. But it’s best if you don’t publish a book on that website that you want to see in stores someday.