Comp Titles and Why

comparative titles 101
Thursday, January 23, 2020

For writers, it’s always important that we are actively reading and making connections between our work to other authors who write along similar themes or styles. It’s not at all an insult for someone to say, “Your writing feels like this author”, or “It reminds me of this other book I read in the past” because, as a writer, your work should, in at least some ways, follow a lineage,…

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Comp titles are fun. Seriously.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

I’m probably the only writer in the world to think developing comp titles is a fun prospect. When else do you get to read a bunch of books that are just like yours and call it “for work?” Lounging on the couch for hours reading space battle salvager books? I’m totally in! It might feel a little strange when you’re done with your book to have to compare it to…

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Finding the Perfect Comp. (This isn’t my favorite part of being a writer, FYI)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

There are certain things about publishing that I find tricky, and as far as I can tell, they’re more or less the same things that other people find tricky. Here’s a non-comprehensive list of tricky things and a rating on a scale of 1-10 on how tricky I find them, 10 being the most tricky. Query letters: 9 Waiting: 5 Rejection: 7 First Drafts: 8.5 “Clean Up Edits”: 4 Synopses:…

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The Comp I Kept

Friday, January 25, 2019

    I know you’ll all be shocked when I announce that I did not use comp titles in my query. I did not. I don’t think I was taking any particular stance in this; it’s just that I had a very hard time to come up with any, and very few agents actually required them. I described my book and sent my query off without them, and that seemed…

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Comp Titles or How I’m Terrible at Them

Monday, January 21, 2019

I’m going to admit it outright: I’m kinda the worst at comp titles. Comp titles aka comparable titles are the titles of books or even (sometimes) movies or TV shows that, taken together, help to better explain and sell your book. I can give a dozen different pieces of advice – look for specific aspects to highlight, go for feel, make it recent, make it this meets that – but…

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