It’s not uncommon to hear people in the writing business say that the US markets don’t much care for books not set in the US. Which is a strange thought to anyone from a country as outward looking as ours.
At the convention one of the things Marc Gascoigne said was that the UK markets are the same and this is such a sad thing to hear.
Not only because those of us who love Australia’s unique environment want to write about it and not feel that is a limitation, but also for the thought of all those places British and American readers will never get to read about if this belief prevails. But I suppose it is the right of dominant cultures to acquire such habits!
Then again, I think about Alexander McCall Smith’s success and wonder…