Monday, April 26, 2010

What a Difference!!

Belinda here.

Like I said last week, I've been doing this a long time. I've learned a lot along the way. Missy and I have been talking about how we can hear something and it flies right by us but at another time we hear the same thing and it really sticks.

There is something that I heard way back and it has totally "stuck" with me.

I was quite a few years ago and I was having my very first real-live editor/agent appointment. I wasn't writing Christian fiction at the time. My appointment was with an editor from Harlequin. Her name was Brenda Chin. She asked me something in that appointment that I've never forgotten.

She asked---What makes your book different from any other book I will hear about today?


I had my story down, I knew my characters, but how was my story different?

Hmmm..I think I muttered something about how it had a bird in it. I really didn't have an answer for her. And I still think to this day it is an important question.

Editors and agents see countless manuscripts every day/week/year. The writing is not only good in a lot of cases, it's great. So our story is so very important. We have to stand out!!

So I ask you.....

What makes your current manuscript different?


  1. So true!

    And what makes mine different??

    Well, I guess it's the small southern town feel, the quirky characters (although this makes me realize I need to beef that up!), and the emotional ride.

    Okay, back to revising now to make it better!

  2. Well, Lindi, I think my response would be the same as yours- Hmmm...

    I've not thought of it that way before. I'll have to put some deep thought into that aspect of my story/writing and come up with an answer to make mine stand out.

    Thanks for the tidbit.

  3. Missy,
    Good answer!! And yes, your ms is a very emotional ride.

  4. Dianna,
    yeah, I probably had a deer in the headlights look when she asked me. She was very nice and encouraging to me.
    But, again, I always try to think of what makes my story different.