1. When you query me and tell me this book is your third novel.
I assume you mean published novel. I look for you on Amazon. You're not there. I look at your website and books aren't there. I assume you either don't know what you're talking about, or you self published.
Here's the thing: Debut novels are easier to sell than third novels. DO NOT shoot yourself in the foot by letting me think this is your third published novel if it isn't.
I don't give a rat's ass how many novels are under your bed. How many have been published is what I want to know.
2. When you query me and tell me your publisher is going bankrupt, and don't mention the name. I work in publishing. Is it a big leap of logic to assume I might be VERY interested in knowing what publishers are going out of business?
The other thing: You may think all rights have reverted to you in case of a publisher going out of business, but that may not be so. Many an unhappy author has discovered that his/her book is considered an asset by the bankruptcy court, and thus disposal of said asset is a matter for the court to decide, not the publisher.
Some of this seems to be common sense to me, but I've been in publishing a long time. Is this stuff NOT in the Writers Guides books? Am I the only person yammering about it?