Friday, October 19, 2012
Nos Wener yn y Emporium Cwestiwn
I've a confession to make: I'm a foreigner. Should I mention it in my query letter, or is it something signed only under duress? I don't want to jump the shark by admitting English is my third language. Can an international writer (aspiring one) submit a query to an american literary agent?
Well, you can of course.
And it's really REALLY a good idea to mention you are not a native English speaker if only to let the agent know that mistakes are generally not cause you aren't paying attention. (There are three in this brief missive alone.)
It's going to be incumbent upon you to beguile a native-speaker into reading your work for these little errors and YOU have to agree that you'll listen to what they say.
This goes for UK writers looking to pub in the American market as well. Some UK-isms are fun but if you tell me you're standing in the garden I think it means something quite different than you do.
And let's not even get into the different defintions of "fanny" which one of my friends discovered the mortifying way in a British pub.