I was wondering how much an author's location influences your decisions? Does your heart sink when you see the stamps with kangaroos/bagpipes/other symbols that make it clear that this is not what you might call a local submission?
Let's say, for example, you get a nice query letter and five great pages from a writer in New Zealand. You would definitely be interested if it was from a writer in Boston. Would the writer's location matter to you? I'm assuming that if it's an outstanding submission you would progress it, but what if it's pretty good - but not outstanding?
The only location that is an automatic pass is a stamp that says Rabbitania (for those of you wondering what the HELL this reference to rabbitania is, you'll have to look in the Snarkives right after the Crapometer finished)
I don't even look at the envelopes when I open them. I'm reading your email as I slice and dice. Then I unfold the pages. If they are weird size I know I'm dealing with a furriner. We do not discriminate based on furr-iness here. KY does not allow that.
Currently I have a client who lives in Canada, and one who lives in China. I considered work from a woman who lived in Germany but the novel didn't work. I was able to hook her up with some other people for other kinds of writing, so that was fun.
The only thing I care about is how you write. It's not good enough to be good enough. You really have to be VERY good to get my attention even if you think haggis is a food, or grandma arrived on a prison ship, or pop was a pirate that retired on a south sea island or you live in that truly odd and unsual place...Boston.
Write well. That's it. And buy frigging US stamps for the damn return postage. The only thing I do with IRCs is set them on fire and chant your name followed by fierce invectives.