Sage advice from a literary agent. If you’re beginning a new project (I know I am!), then take a look at this. It might change your approach.
Playing it safe gets boring. Writers who take chances end up pushing the boundaries and get conversations going. And when conversations get started publicity will take off.
- Station Eleven
- Age of Miracles
- The Golem and the Jinni
What do these books have in common? They defy category. They took risks and they paid off. They step outside our known boundaries, but stick to universal human emotion–that’s how we relate to their worlds.
4 Reasons You Should be Taking Risks with your Fiction:
1. Memorable is better than derivative. Nothing will make people remember like something they’ve never read before. Agents included. We are always looking for things that we can’t forget. When we say “we’ll know it when we see it” this is what we’re getting at. If we can’t forget it means that when we send something to an editor that they won’t be able to get it out of…
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