Did I sabotage myself?
These past few months, I've been querying my MS with a modicum of success. Out of the 50 or so queries I sent out, I've received 15 full requests, and all but three (still pending) came back with the same rejection--"Love the voice, but didn't fall in love with the novel." I haven't really thought about a detail I mention in my query until I read your blog post on lackluster sales, in which you also talk about hands-on bookselling and touring. I'm not from the US. Never even visited. I live in a small European country and mentioned this in my query's bio section.
I know my writing's probably lacking since all these requests turned into rejections. But I'm wondering if one of the agents was on the fence about offering rep, saw that I'm not from the States, and that info tilted the decision into the dreaded rejection realm. I'm asking because my next MS is almost done (get published or die trying) and I want to know whether I should keep my whereabouts to myself for the next batch of queries. Do agents take that into account when making a decision?
I don't care if you live on Mars.
(but, if you do, query me NOW.)
If I see an address that is non-US the only thing I care about is if I can pay you, and making sure you understand we bill you for postage if we have to ship stuff to you.
However, you're anxious about this and no amount of "don't worry" from me will really assuage that.
On the next round of queries leave out your country of residence.
(Your email should also be a straight gmail address, not Name@Domain.ca(nada) or @Domain.au(stralia) or whatever your suffix is. FelixButtonweezer@Kale.Ka(rkoon)
You know what the real problem is though. You told me: I know my writing's probably lacking since all these requests turned into rejections.
Something about your novel isn't working. It might be the writing, but it may the lack of plot, or tension or pacing or character development. The plot might be, at best, a rehash of any Starsky and Hutch, or Dark Shadows episode, or worse 7 Magnificent Gladiators (which is possibly the worst movie ever made, but at midnight on Saturday is a howlfest of fun.)
Before you query, you might want to find a prickly-pear beta reader. Someone to tell you what's not working, and won't pull any punches. Not the easiest thing to see (and I'm the absolute worst at getting critiqued, let me tell ya) but if something is not working, better to find out now, before you query.
And I really hope you live in Andorra.
I've always wanted to go there.