Ryan La Sala @RyalityIn no way do I think this will be helpful, but my comp titles for REVERIE were...
INCEPTION v. RUPAUL
But it worked???
The most effective "X meets Y" is always one where the combo is surprising! So agents/editors are desperate to know how on earth you pulled it off. Which, I am not one of the lucky folks who've already read REVERIE but I've been WAITING. 🤩 #askDVpit
Cimone Watson @bachbunnyFavorite recent read? #askDVpit
Well, Twitter, y'all know how I feel about THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR. Also finally read THE POET X which is an absolute tour de force. #askDVpit
Lauren✨Pierre @boxfulthoughtsWhen looking for comp titles, is it better to focus on similar themes rather than similar content? Ex. Using a contemporary middle grade GN about friendship as a comp for a manuscript that's also about friendship, only in a fantasy setting. #askDVpit
In a case like this, I would suggest being specific about what you are comparing. "The strong friendships of X and the rich fantasy world of Y," perhaps. Or "TITLE with a fantasy spin." You want to make sure the ms delivers what your pitch promises. #askDVpit
Carolina Ortiz @pushthepanoramaYes to both! But if your comps are wildly different from each other take a second look--in general, they should be on the same wavelength. Also, love a good film or tv comp ;) #askDVpit twitter.com/najwamoses/sta…
beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan@stephlystein i say an evocative title can add to the intrigue!!! #askdvpit
Rebooca Bite 🧛🕸️🎃 @MsBeckyLightThis is how I knew my WIP was not in fact YA. Though my MC is a teenager, it's too reflective/nostalgic to fill that YA spirit. twitter.com/stephlystein/s…
Cimone Watson @bachbunnyWhat trends do you think we'll be seeing in publishing soon (genre-wise) and what trends are on their way out? #askDVpit
If we could predict this, we'd be printing money! 😉 Certain categories, esp. in YA, are crowded, but that doesn't mean inventive new stuff won't sell. Rom-coms are in, but there are a lot in the queue at pubs already. You can't write to trends; you'll never catch them! #askDVpit
Stephanie Stein @stephlysteinThe key to "what makes a book YA" is voice. Does the narrative mood of your book inhabit the immediacy and spirit of BEING a teen, or is it more mature or even nostalgic? If you don't feel ready to make this call, you might want to do more reading in recent YA fiction. #askDVpit twitter.com/FKusow/status/…
I should also note here that 13, especially if the themes tread upward, is an in-between age that sometimes gets stuck between middle-grade and YA. Do write the book + character you wanted to write, but this can affect where you'll have most success selling it! #askDVpit
Fartumo Kusow @FKusow@DVpit_ @Ryality @pushthepanorama @beth_phelan @TiffanyDiahann @laurenspieller @stephlystein My main character is 13, with adult themes. Should I pitch it as YA or literary fiction.
The key to "what makes a book YA" is voice. Does the narrative mood of your book inhabit the immediacy and spirit of BEING a teen, or is it more mature or even nostalgic? If you don't feel ready to make this call, you might want to do more reading in recent YA fiction. #askDVpit
Cimone Watson @bachbunnyHow important/advisable, if at all, is it for a writer to stay in one genre? Is there a certain number of books in one genre an author should write before branching out? Do unagented writers need to be concerned about that, or can it wait? #askDVpit
This can wait, IMO. Long-term career goals are something you should discuss w/ your eventual agent, but many factors influence this; if you do well in one genre starting out, you might want to build that audience; in other situations you might want to gear shift, etc. #askDVpit
Zya aka Najwa Moses @najwamosesHow close /good do our comps need to be? I’m struggling #askDVpit