There’s been talk (when isn’t their?) about what sells a book. Is it the author with their awesome credentials? Bahahaha, what a thought – if you count Snooki, JWOW, Theresa Giudice I wouldn’t say their credentials were awesome.
However they are being smart. If I was a trashy girl or one who loved being Italian and landed myself on a show you bet your ass I’d take full advantage.
Is it adding a paranormal aspect? Stephenie Meyer seemed to have it going on.
But what does it take to be a newbie? What makes you the next Sophie Kinsella or Suzanne Collins? What pushes as us writers to find that brilliant book idea and write it?
You’re told to be unique, but not too unique. They want a fresh take on an old idea. How the heck do we pull that off?
With the what if’s in life.
What if the sun stopped shining? What if there was a boy who had a gift to give the world light but he had to stay recharged? What if that same boy had parents who did nothing but abuse them? How could someone so unhappy provide light to the world? The one person who can help is someone he considers his own sunshine, the girl of his dreams, but how do they meet when they know nothing about one another?
Will that be the idea that sells?
The truth: No one really knows. An agent or publisher reads your work and goes with their gut. It’s all in the words, the uniqueness, the fresh take, and a whole lot of personality. They’re not sure what they’re looking for. More or less they know their tired of vampires… however that doesn’t mean the vampire book you just completed isn’t the one. You’re fresh idea on them might be exactly what they need.
I guess what I’m saying is you never know what won’t work. If you’re still loving the books you pick up from the bookstores then there is a chance that the book you write someone will love.
Are you still buying books? Are they the ones your writing?