Dear Miss Snark--
I cringe to behold the awesome box office of "Pirates 2" and the ubiquitous Jack Sparrow pictures being used everywhere to market everything. Because my nearly finished ms includes a few scoundrels on sailing ships. I'm afraid that by next week agents, editors, and
everyone else will be permanently sick to death of pirates.
Should I avoid the "p" word when querying? Should I excise it from the text as well? If piratical characters are soon discovered lurking in the pages, is the project automatically toast?
Thanks for the clue,
I remember whan "Talk Like a Pirate" day appeared on my radar; an editor bought a book of all things pirate, and I thought it was a hysterical idea. Then there was Dodgeball with the pirate character. Then I saw another pirate book sell, now Jack Sparrow.
On the other hand, pirates have been around for some time now so I dont think it's a fad so much as a rediscovery of an old favorite.
You may indeed run the risk of pirate fatigue but if you've got something new, unusual or imaginative in how you incorporate pirates, I think you'll be ok. There's always room for ho ho ho's, and bottle of rum in publishing.