I'm in the editing process of my first novel, it's fantasy genre. I just found out I'm deploying to Afghanistan in November. When I send my manuscript out to agents, in my query letter should I let them know that I will be overseas by the time they reply back to me? I really think that my military background (US ARMY INFANTRY) helps give some of the scenes in my book credibility, but I don't want my chances to suffer because I'll be out of the US for a year. Any insight you could provide would be great.
You think your stint as infantry gives credibility to your fantasy novel?
I'm not sure I want to know why.
No, I'm absolutely sure I don't want to know why.
DO let agents know that you have a day job so to speak that is taking you out of the country and when. You'll be better off querying electronically of course and most agents do take e-queries these days.
You've got a job a lot of people disparage, few people understand and that a lot of political baggage is attached to. You've got my admiration and respect. Come home safe, soldier.