The title of this post may sound like a no-brainer piece of advice: Writing what sells will get you published.
What kind of post would that be? It’d be a post of wrong information.
If you’re writing a sweeping saga of two generations of vampires in hopes of jumping on board that big vampire sailboat, you’re most likely too late. That boat sailed. But maybe you can build your own boat filled with adventurous satyrs who can blend in with humans.
Sure, agents are still looking at vampire novels, if they have a new twist or an angle not yet used. But you’ll have a better chance of selling your book if it’s unique, different, new.
The chances are slim that you’ll sell tomorrow what’s selling in the bookstores today. Why read a copy when you can read the original? Unless you make it new and totally you (the way Meyer’s books are her vision and Rowling’s books are hers), it’s not going to sell. It’ll be a copy.
Come up with your own ideas, your own characters, your own new angle. And make it YOURS. If you do, you’ll be much closer to a ticket on the sailboat of getting published and signing books.
6 months ago