Are you working on your query or pitch? Have you heard it’s a good idea to compare your book to that of others so the agent or editor can really understand either your plot or style? Well, here’s why that’s not the best plan.
-If you compare your work to that of a best selling author, the agent/editor will expect you to write as well as those authors. While that’s a wonderful thought, most likely, it’s not true. Sorry. Best selling authors generally aren’t created overnight. They’ve had to learn the same lessons and face the same rejections you have or will encounter. By announcing your story is similar to a best seller, you’re ultimately setting yourself up for failure.
-Maybe your idea isn’t to compare your book to a best seller but to a recent release from a new author. Unless this agent/editor represents the new author, they may not have heard of them or might not have had a chance to read their work.
-What if the agent/editor doesn’t like the style or type of story to which you’re comparing your work? Will they read your manuscript or simply judge it based off their knowledge of the author to whom you’re comparing yourself?
Agents have been known to pitch their clients’ work with comparisons. However, they have an advantage. They have relationships with the editors they’re targeting and know what kind of books those editors like and don’t like. You don’t have this inside knowledge.
Your best bet? Sell your story on its own merit.
Where are you on your writing journey? Are you querying yet?