Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Welcome! And a Question for You.

Welcome to those of you who are new here, and welcome back to those who've been here for awhile.

This weekend I read a MG book I had gotten out of the library with the intent to see if I could compare my writing to this author's in my query letter.  I read the first few chapters, then skimmed through to the end.  What I found was interesting.  What I read reminded me of an earlier version of my WIP, where I had started too far in the past.

Since then, I've moved my beginning closer to the end (the closest I could without using too many flashbacks.)  I like where I've taken my WIP to, and am pleased with what I've accomplished on my edits.

So, here's my question.  I don't intend to say my WIP is like "SUCH AND SUCH" by "SO AND SO", because it really isn't.  But, would it be a fair comparison to say those who enjoyed "SUCH AND SUCH" by "SO AND SO" would enjoy my WIP as they are similar in theme (both deal with fairytales)?

I'm curious to hear your replies.


  1. I don't see why you couldn't, though I understand your concern. Maybe checking on AW to see if anyone has asked this before?

  2. I personally think a nod toward the inspiration or theme of your story in another book isn't out of line at all. However, you probably want to have someone who is familiar with the book you are referencing read your story as well to see if they agree (before sending to an agent). The only harm in drawing a comparison, in my mind, would be if the comparison wasn't real or warranted. (That could make you look boastful, or worse, like a liar.)

    Hope this helps.



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