My publisher, PDMI Publishing, LLC, is opening a book store on Monday, February 9, 2015.
Yes, a full-line brick and mortar book store!
I can’t wait to visit there and do signings… 🙂
Book donations wanted!
7032 HWY 431
Albertville, AL 35950
I recently read a literary agent’s page wherein they commented on the sameness of the YA dystopia queries they were receiving. Specifically, this agent received a large number of manuscripts where the protagonist is an assassin protecting their family.
Of course, authors submitting manuscripts to agents are also mindful of the marketing whims of major publishing houses. The implication here is that over two dozen authors all came to a “realization” that a YA assassin protecting her family would be a good foundation for a solid story, and a “safe bet” to market to agents and the Big Five publishers.
My reply comment suggested that the best, most tense foundation for a story would actually be a teenage protagonist battling a dystopia controlled by her close family member(s). One of my “fanboy” theories about the Hunger Games trilogy is that President Snow may be Katniss Everdeen’s secret grandfather. He banishes his son to District 12 and later has him killed. In a case of perfect karma, that son’s daughter ends up being the leader of the rebellion against Snow’s regime.
I further commented that this specific plot might be a “hard sell” to the Big Five, as evidenced by the agent’s mass of querying authors taking a (literally) more family-friendly route.
The “hard sell” plot = A young protagonist ends up leading a large-scale rebellion against a regime controlled by a close family member their senior.
Q: Would such a plot work?
A: “Star Wars”
That’s right, the basic premise of the original Star Wars Trilogy is now something the pack of querying YA dystopia authors has ruled out, as being too hard to sell to the major New York publishing houses. 😈
Yahoo News: How (Darcie Chan) became a best selling author.
A dozen publishers and more than 100 literary agents rejected (The Mill River Recluse).
It has sold more than 400,000 copies and landed on the best-seller lists.
There’s also Amanda Hocking (Toronto Star article).
She kept writing, kept sending query letters to publishers, and kept getting nothing but rejection letters back.
After “Switch” was turned down (which has become her best-selling book, she says), Hocking looked into self-publishing.
What’s right with this picture? 😉
In my Oct 2nd post The Rejection Window, I said:
By (5-10 years from now), the majority of authors will be likely to e-publish their manuscripts immediately after the traditional publishing industry’s first rejection. Revisions of manuscripts just to fit the ever-changing whims of agents and traditional publishing will increasingly be seen as a waste of time and effort. The implications of this sea change are staggering.
The next watershed event (and this will be epic): Someone will sell 500,000+ e-books without ever having submitted the novel to anyone in the traditional publishing industry.
I can just picture this author quoted as saying, “Why bother? They would have just rejected it anyway!” 😆
Said event would reach whole-new-level epic status if the author sells the motion picture rights and the title becomes a hit movie! 😈