Dear Miss Snark,
I'm an as yet unpublished writer and your blog has been wonderfully eye-opening for me. When I was reading "No Tipping" about book promotion, you said that agents expect authors to do lots of pr, including traveling, which I'm aware of. But I, as a full-time college student with three years of school left to go, can't easily leave for longer than two or three days. Since I would more or less be limited to local events or things like email and websites to promote my book, would that be a deterrant to an agent when deciding to represent me or not?
Most pr is done locally, and a lot of it is by phone or electrons. Massive, weeks-long book tours are not the norm. Yes, they happen, but most first time novelists don't do them. If they do, they're set up around your schedule. There's a clause in your contract that says so.
I don't expect clients to disrupt their lives to the point of death/divorce/flunking out. I just want them to be eager to do the things they can, and be WILLING to do the things I know need to be done. The can-do attitude is what I'm looking for.
Don't worry. Write.