Get it? We’re comparing things. Comps. Apples to oranges… okay whatever, let’s do this.
Every now and again I open up my DMs on the ol’ Twitter for questions, or I let folks pick my brain in various hashtag events. And there’s always the in-real-life events, like workshops and conferences. It’s always a good time for the most part, and I like being someone who is accessible in an industry that sometimes feel like it’s less than that.
Out of all the questions that get brought up, the one that always seems to bubble to the surface right away, has to do with comp titles. Comparative titles. At a writing workshop this weekend, after giving a talk about query letters, this was one of the first issues raised. Hands went up when I started talking about them, way before it was time for the Q&A.
- “Do I need them?”
- “There’s nothing like my book out there.”
- “Can I use television shows? What about movies?”
- “How old can my comp titles be?”
It’s clearly something writers fret over.
I tweet about my love of comp titles pretty frequently and wanted to write a little post up about them. But before we dig in, I wanted to stress the subjectiveness of it all. Plenty of my peers don’t care about comp titles, and in some cases, would rather not see them at all. This includes some of my colleagues at my own agency (Kurestin, I feel so betrayed), so take this with a grain of salt and what have you.
So again, keep this in mind. This is coming from one agent’s perspective. I’m very much on team Good Comps ™. But for some folks, it doesn’t matter at all. Continue Reading →
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