Okay, after a lot of confusion and flipping back and forth, I determined my novel was women’s fiction / suspense. Great, right?
Not so fast. There’s been something bugging me about my query and synopsis. I finally figured out what it is (after I’ve sent them out to a few agents, of course): my latest query and synopsis are geared toward the mystery part of plot rather than the emotional turmoil and character relationships that are a big part of the story. Why did I do this? Why did it take me so long to figure it out? I don’t know…
I hate the idea, but I’ve got to rework my query and synopsis…again. Bummer. (What else can I say?) In true procrastinator’s fashion, I will get to this later. After <(insert anything here)>. I’d cry, but I’m too busy laughing. It’s possible I’m going crazy, but I’m in no mental state to make that determination.
I do have another problem opportunity, though. (Well, I have more than one, but I’ll just address the writing one here). Many agents want to know similar books/authors so they know how to market it. I’ve read Romance, Mystery, Chick-Lit, but mine doesn’t fit neatly in any of these areas.
Right now, here’s what my description would be: “it’s suspense, but lighter than Mary Higgins Clark, it has the humor of a Julie Garwood book (minus the romance) and an easy read like Hank Phillipe Ryan, but not quite as chick-lit-ish.” Yeah. Smooth. Could you imagine that on a query?
To clarify, I don’t think I’m so original that I’ve created this complex work which can’t be compared to anything else – I know it’s out there, but I haven’t found it yet. I’ve got a few authors to check out though.
My mission this weekend is to get my hands on some women’s fiction mysteries to see if I discover my book’s peers. The guys of the house will have to tackle the freezer and fend for themselves; I’m going away for the weekend, metaphorically speaking. 🙂