Is being overseas an impediment to securing representation from a literary agent? Can you query agents who don’t live in your home country?
Yes, you can. Many agents have clients all over the world.
But there are some things to think about. It’s very important to think about your work and where its natural market lies because it’s best to start with a “home” market.
There are some books that are universal, but the US, UK, and Australian markets are all very different, and the readers have different sensibilities. A book that is successful in the United States might not be successful in the UK, and vice versa.
So take an honest look at your work, because even though the US market is the biggest, you may be best served finding a publisher for it in your own home market. And for that it’s best to have a home agent who specializes in your country.
But if you’re overseas and want to find a home in the American market, query an American agent freely!
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