@rkcapps I think its referring to the whole manuscript not an excerpt. And to the point about paying twice, I think if it was the whole book then yes but I still don't see a problem. I think the bottom line is, was the book being queried ever offered for sale as a complete story?
One side note, this has nothing to do with georgina , but on another post I had read before Janet Reid talks about authors denying having self published the book they were querying. She said she had a few times where a publisher was interested and then found out the author lied!
I think the query pool is filled with authors who self published, failed in terms of sales expectatinos and then withdraw it and try to go the trad route. Her blog is filled with great advice and excellent stories that will make you shake your head in disbelief. In American publishing contracts their is a clause that any books in braile printed are to be given away for free (at publishers expense) and the author receives not monetary compensation. She had an author who refused to agree to it and lost his deal!