Okay, it’s Wednesday–one of my favorite days of the week because we get to join the lovely ladies of YA Highway for another Road Trip Wednesday! This week, they want to know:
What SNI were you psyched to work on, but discovered it was too close to something already done?
Those gals sure know how to ask the hard-hitting questions. I may have mentioned once or twice on this blog how I’m just a LITTLE (see the irony?) obsessed with checking out the deals on Publishers Marketplace. There have been a handful of moments where I cringe and say: “Wait a minute, that sounds familiar…” In fact, Quita just purchased a book that slightly reminds me of Project J (*shakes fist at Quita*).
Alas, I’ll focus on the story that Quita and I were supposed to write together. About a year and a half ago, Inception blew our minds. So much so, we were inspired to co-author a novel that would blow other people’s minds. But then, we started noticing a trend in the marketplace. Almost every book in the YA section was dystopian. Almost every new deal was a dystopian novel. And then in several interviews and panels with agents and editors, they said they were a little tired of seeing a certain type of submission. I think you know where we’re going with this one.
So Quita and I have decided to step away from this project…or at least temporarily. We’re trying to think of a unique way to allow our baby to stand out in a saturated, yet AWESOME, marketplace. We’re trying to think of a way to make it less dystopian-y (like my new adjective?), and more BAD ASS.
What about you all? Ever have your dreams ripped out of your hands? Or something slightly less dramatic?