1.31.2006

Miss Snark, you ignorant slut


It seems there have been several brief mentions of various genres on the blog lately.

I'm wondering if you might give us a brief overview of the most salable genre as well as the most difficult to market.

Also, are books of a metaphysical nature (reincarnation or astrology) next to impossible to find an agent to represent?

Thank you again :)
I heart Killer Yapp (I don't want him to feel left out in the cold)


You're thinking of changing genres to find the one easiest to break into?
of course not. If you write westerns, you love and write westerns. yee haw.

All books face enormous hurdles. No one genre is easier than another. The people who tell you it's a piece of cake are clearly in some sort of glucose induced madness and should be force fed green peas till their head spins.

I have no idea about metaphysical books cause I don't even know what metaphysical is. Anything I said about it would be highly suspect cause I have no clue about any of it. Probably cause I'm an extremely literal minded Year of the Dog bitch.

Killer Yapp says thanks, he was feeling a tad left out with all this SnarkHearting going on.

13 comments:

mkcbunny said...

KY can have a bumper sticker, too.

reprehn said...

I've always thought a well-written book, regardless of genre, is the kind that will sell...maybe I'm too unrealistic, though...there are definitely poorly written books that have sold, for one reason or another.

Anonymous said...

I suspect -- as I THINK you've iterated here a number of times, MS -- that it's a question of matching up writer to agent to publisher. THAT's the magic.

I, personally, may not give a rat's ass about YA fiction, but I know there are people who die for it...writers, agents, and no doubt publishers.

Those same agents and publishers, however, may not give a hoot about how to have heightened horgasms with your pet poodle (no offense, KY). So dropping an ms on their doorstep, no matter HOW convincing (and 4-color well-illustrated), would simply be a waste of time...and postage :-).

RRB

Justin R. Buchbinder said...

Miss Snark,

Are you familiar with romance novelist Katie MacAllister?

I'm studying romance (may take a stab at it) and was lent "Fire Me Up"

In it is a demon, talking dog named Jim who came from (apparently) some alternate universe.

I'm thinking KY and Jim would be the best of friends! Check out the first chapter of the book if you have a second, the lines Jim says sound like they were written by KY himself!

Yasmine Galenorn said...

Having written metaphysical books, I can tell you that usually the advances are small to nil...not much for an agent to want to look at. I sold all of mine without an agent (but got lousy contracts). Now that I'm writing fiction, my agent will rep both more NF if I ever want to write it, but I don't think it would have been worth her time to at first. There's a big saturation in the market, too, so you have to have a unique spin on the subject.

Brady Westwater said...

Westerns, Westerns, Westerns... is this a little hint I should be doing more writing and less time reading your blog?

Anonymous said...

Certain genres certainly seem to be more difficult.

I don't write fantasy, but I can't help but feel sorry for fantasy writers when you see guidelines all the time stating "no fantasy" or "no longer accepting fantasy". Opportunity in that avenue seems to be swiftly narrowing - the number of agents decreasing, the number of writers increasing. It has to be harder to get attention.

Miss Snark said...

Anon, you think fantasy is bad, look up agents who do Westerns. Or publishers.

Of course,I hear "fictional memoir" is a growing category. Miss Snark is preparing her proposal as we speak.

"Born on a Blog"

Anonymous said...

Really? You were born in the Year of the Dog? That means you're about to be 24 or 36 or, maybe 48, or possibly 60. Is Miss Snark a Baby Boomer?

You sound pretty mature for 24, and pretty hip for 60 (Though I know super-hip AARPers abound.)

I'm guessing 36 or 48.

Hmmmm...

36!

Happy New Year to you and Killer Yapp!

M. G. Tarquini said...

Oh dear. Guessing a lady's age, even she let slip an important piece of astrological information is simply not done.

Excuse me, Miss Snark. I shall have a vapor for you. Over the gin pail, of course.

Anonymous said...

Only the best people are born in the Year of the Dog. Is Miss Snark also an Aries, with gin pail rising?

For all you sleuths trying to figure out Miss Snark's identity, the clue is: a writer's voice.

Dog Emelle in OK

Cheryll said...

My, the Snarklings are suggestible!

Why do we believe that Miss Snark, Mistress of hyperbole AND simile, would necessarily be making a reference to personal information in her comparison?

Hmmmmmm?? This is the 'Net, after all, LOL.

Miss Snark could be an agent's (or editor's) 82 year old grandfather, whose guide dog holds the microphone for dictating the blog into ViaVoice or some similar translation program.

I believe the gin pail implicitly, however, especially after the recent Crapometer's holiday visit..

Miss Snark said...

word verification: unreliable narrator

woof