Hello, friends! (Which is how I view my readers, in case you didn’t know.) Once more, I’ve been neglecting the blog. And once more, there are a million-and-one (give or take a million) reasons. But the most important one is that I’ve signed up for a writing conference in February, and I will be pitching an agent for the first time.
Honestly, I don’t expect this agent to be The Right One. But I think she’s in a good position to discuss the salability of this novel, how to create a stronger proposal, all that groovy business stuff that goes along with writing fabulous fiction. I’ll be practicing my pitch until I could be a Major League baseball player (minus the talent) and polishing my book until it shines like the sun (or at least a star in a distant galaxy).
But I need an itty-bitty bit of help. A proposal contains a section called comparable titles (or competitive titles). This helps the publisher see where this novel fits in the current market. I’ve searched for other novels that might contain similar themes, plot, story, and haven’t come up with anything obvious from my recent “have-read” list. But maybe YOU have.
(I’ll keep searching, of course. I’ll do my homework.)
I’d love it if you, dear reader, would read the gist of the book (below) and think about any novels that might have themes about sex trafficking and survivors of sex trafficking, etc. (I don’t need non-fiction titles, though those are useful for research.) Post any titles in the comments below, and I’ll track down the novel and read it. Or, if you’re not a huge fiction reader but your best Facebook friend (or whoever) lives and breathes novels, consider passing on this post to them and they can search their minds for titles.
Here we go:
Kellyn escaped sex trafficking as a young teenager and now, seven years later, is doing just fine. That’s what she tells herself. Never mind the cutting or the anorexia. Or how she can’t bear to touch anyone or have anyone touch her. Or the way the flashbacks pop up at the most inconvenient moments, making her wonder if those around her know about her past. She can’t entirely remember her past but she can’t entirely escape it, either.
Enter a cat. A one-eyed cat, with an eccentric artist owner, and a painting that touches her soul. His painting makes her want to reach beyond the barrier between her and other people and find freedom. But can this artist be trusted?
Then a stalker preys on her. She’s just begun to heal, and important parts of her history are closed off in her mind. She suspects that this man might know what those parts hold. But finding out means putting herself in the same danger she’s fighting to escape. How far will she go to learn the truth? And will the truth set her free or put her back in bondage?
(As an added bonus, I’d love to know if the above three paragraphs make sense. You can tell me about the other paragraphs, too, of course!)