Tuesday, February 22, 2011
How do you decide if an idea is good?
Don’t you hate that annoying guy who answers questions by asking questions?
Today I’m that guy.
Here are some thoughts to help you decide if your book is worth writing:
1) Does the story grip you? Because if it doesn’t grip you, it isn’t going to grip an agent or editor.
However, just because you love the idea doesn’t mean the publishers will. Which leads us to ask:
2) Is there a felt-need for your book? If the manuscript will be non-fiction, is there a big enough market to justify the money a publishing house would have to invest? (I.e., are enough people really going to buy the book Growing Polynesian Water Bugs in Your Refrigerator?)
If the book is fiction, what genre is it? Where would it rest on the shelf (or hopefully fly off of it)? Is that genre selling books or has it been dead since that French poet in 1909?
3) Will you spontaneously combust if you don’t write this book? Because even though I like a good fireworks show every now and then, I like passionate writers even more.
Sometimes your idea doesn’t have to make sense. Sometimes other people will think the concept is crappy. Sometimes you will just need to write the book for you. And there’s nothing wrong with that… as long as you know that’s why you’re doing it.
So, Ladies – whaddya say? How do you know when your ideas are worth considering?
BJ Hamrick is the editor of Real Teen Faith.
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