Let's do the Time Zone again!
Miss Snark, Sometime back a snarkling submitted a cover letter that indicated they were an "Australian author living in Canada." You suggested that payment to authors living in foreign countries was problematic for tax reasons. I am a Canadian living (non-permanently) in Japan. Do you have any advice regarding where best to look for a literary agent? I know of Canadian
authors who are represented in the US, but they are mainly major writers (Ondaatje, etc.) Will a US agent simply return my work based on my place of residence/nationality? Are there any other problems, besides taxation, that might arise? Also, what's the best way to handle this issue in a cover
Thank you for your enlightening blog...it's rather addictive!
The advent of the net and electronic communications has made communicating with authors living in far flung ports of call a lot easier. I have a client who moved to Canada between the time I took her on and sold her novel. Surprise! She was smart and kept her US bank accounts though, and files US taxes. I have no idea what she does in Canada.
As long as you can get reliable internet service and you have a computer that generates files I can download and print, we're good.
The problem is of course, you're REALLY not available for touring nor for much promotion at all. Even if you can't leave your house in beautiful downtown not-NYC, (see post NO TOUR NO WORRY) you can be "on the radio" by phone. That does NOT work if you live in beautiful downtown not-USA.
Donna Leon lives in Italy full time and is published here, so it can and does work. I can't think of any others off the top of my head but I bet there are.
The good thing is that if you're writing about Japan you've got a much better opportunity for close observation and fresh writing.