This week I learned about comp titles. This is during the query process, when authors “name drop” other books that are comparable to their novel. For example, a dystopian novel might compare to Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” series or Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” series. This allows an agent to get a better feel for the query to see if it is in the style of something they would like to publish.
It’s coming down to the final weeks of the semester. Some things I want to learn more about are negotiations (how to actually negotiate a better book deal), what to do when a client is no longer compliant (they don’t agree with your suggested edits, for example), and the process of getting a book that was previously self-published a new publishing deal.
Until next time!