Unique Fiction…

I’ve been querying my first novel, and the feedback I have received is very telling.  They like the story, the writing, and the characters.  But it is just too OUT there for them.

Too different, too unique…

Oddly enough I have been chatting with another writer who is facing a similar problem.  Her story is based on an unfamiliar mythology (Norse) and had a Siren concept.  She has faced the same problem,  either they didn’t like the different mythology or they jumped to Sirens being too cliché…

The impression this gives me is that publishers and agents have a vision of what they like will sell, and compare all manuscripts to this.

Anything that does not match is a no…

The sad part is anything unique and interesting never makes it past their first query reading.

I think they underestimate readers and their desire to see new and different stories…

Like the movie, television, and music business they are playing it safe and missing out on great stories that just don’t fit the mold…

Maybe in the near future they will realize that unique and different is a GOOD thing.  And that playing it safe will only push the written word into an overused stereotype, instead of the groundbreaking and unique art that it should be.

Those other genres look to us for something different…what happens when even we don’t have that to give…

Keep Writing!

Jenny