Sunday, July 09, 2006
Q & A 63 What should I write next?
Let's think positive for a moment and pretend I'm a decent writer and my chances are one in a million of making a sale. I've got an adult suspense novel and a mid-grade mystery/adventure under my belt. However, since my mother decided not to become a literary agent, thus far neither has been picked up. The mid-grade has passed the query stage with two agents, one of whom is currently reviewing the partial. So that brings us to the present.
It's time to embark on a new writing project. I understand all the wisdom behind "writing your passion" and "write the book that's inside you." But honestly, I love to write and feel as though I could write YA or adult as my next project. Forgetting the logic that says which one I should write for my own good, is there one from a marketability standpoint that would be better to write. That is, would one of them increase my chances all the way up to, say, one in 990,000 of making a sale?
An agent might have statistics on which has a better ratio of authors writing that kind of book to actual books published. Evil Editor doesn't. Whatever you write, you can safely assume you have a glut of competitors.
However, it may interest you to know that when you sell a book, your contract may require you to give the same publisher first crack at your next book intended for the same audience. So if you will be sending out queries for a zombie book next year, you might want to write something other than a zombie book now, or you'll be querying two zombie books at the same time. And when publisher A buys your zombie book and demands first crack at your next zombie book, you'll have to worry that Publisher B has already put a letter in the mail accepting your other zombie book. Of course, what are the odds of that?