Oh, Miss Snark,
I recently finished my YA novel and was all ready to start querying agents. Then I got a job in Ghana for the next two years (no kidding...I'm a teacher). How in the world can I try to get my book published from GHANA??? Should I just give up, or would a query letter from the wilds of Africa be an asset?
Dear Miss Snark,
Evil Editor made a comment the other day that made one of those question marks pop up over my head. I managed to get rid of it, but they keep coming back (usually late at night, keeping me awake with their eery luminescence and faint wood-burning smell).
Currently I am living outside the United States. Evil Editor mentioned in passing that he would consider that a strike against an author because the author would not be available to participate in book promotion. I believe you have also mentioned payment headaches when dealing with authors not in the US.
However, I am not only willing to spend time knocking about the US flogging my work, I'm looking forward to it. Also there would be no problem paying me in dollars and I would pay my taxes in the US.
I assume these things aren't deal killers, but are they worth mentioning in a query letter to an agent?
Miss Snark gets out her atlas.
Miss Snark adds two clock widgets to her dock and adjusts them to Ghanian and Kiwi time.
Ah, the wonders of modern electrons.
I'm going to tell you the honest to dog truth.
I hardly read the stuff that comes in from overseas cause I'm just so unenthusiastic about the headaches associated with a client that far away. You'd have to write something REALLY great to get over that hurdle.
I do have clients in furrin lands, but they snuck off from here when I wasn't looking (in other words I signed them when they were in the contiguous US).
Some agents probably feel different. I KNOW I'm missing a bet so please don't write and tell me I'm an idiot for doing this, I already know that. But, it's the truth, sorry though it may be.
However, if you wish to persuade someone of your wonderfullness and you don't want to let the cat out of the baggage, get a gmail address and query with that. No give away .ca .nz .ghana suffixes to betray you. (or mac.com as one of you already has, smart lad).
If I loved the work I'd probably suck it up and sign you but it's high on my list of things I'm not eager to embrace.