I am an American living in Finland, and, after completing my middle grade novel and carefully self-sharking my query, I'm ready to query agents. However, I'm concerned that when I include my contact details, seeing that I'm outside the US will be a showstopper.
We travel due to my husband's work, so while it is possible that I will be living back in the US at the end of the year, it's equally possible that we'll be in Beijing, or elsewhere in the world. I include this because I don't feel like I can just wait until we're back in the US to start trying to find an agent--it may be years before we go home.
So what I'd like to know is: Do I need to state in my query that I am a native English speaker and an American to remove that as a potential roadblock? And do you think having a foreign address will discourage agents from representing me?
First question: got a guest room?
Second question: are you planning to have people contact you by carrier pigeon?
Most of us recognize when we're queried by non-native speakers writing in English. There are interesting turns of phrase and often some very interesting word choices. If your writing is of publishable quality I don't care if English is the seventeenth language you learned, and neither will anyone else.
Your actual physical address is the least important part of your query. Just don't mention you live in Finland, or China, or next door to me, and it's all good.
Here's how that looks in your query:
Thank you for your time and consideration.
(website/other electronic outpost)
Because you're querying via electrons not post, right? RIGHT?