You do realize that you're competing against 326 million Americans for the something like 2 chances in 6,000 of getting published? Especially as you're trying to set your Italianate novel in an America you don't really know. If you're doing this for commercial reasons, be prepared to be very disappointed. In a recent thread @BayView commented that she makes, from her writing, about twice what she'd make in a minimum-pay job. The chances of your being the next GRRM are slim.