Writer's Survival Guide 23: What Makes a Book Unique?
I've been preparing pitches for the conference I'm attending, and one of the questions that's come up is "what makes your book unique?"
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This should be easy, right? We know our books inside and out. But I'll admit, at first, it stumped me.
So I brainstormed the elements my book contains that other books I've read don't. After that, figuring out what makes my book unique became simple. I can quickly point out the "different" factor in any one of my books.
And it's always been easy for me to evaluate other books for uniqueness. Let's look at a few.
Of the three books I read and reviewed on my blog over the last few weeks, I'd like to point out what makes them unique.
Die Run Hide by PM Kavanaugh:
Character motivation. This is a woman on the run who will do anything for freedom, including betraying the man she loves. However, over the course of the book, she realizes freedom isn't worth the price she was willing to pay, and she comes up with her own plan to have both.
Fairyproof by Constance Phillips:
World-building. Constance created a world I got sucked right into--a world where fairies can influence humans but who also can return to a world only fairies occupy. What an intriguing place to reside in!
Unending Devotion by Jody Hedlund:
Setting. Set in a Michigan lumber camp in the 1880's, the setting stood out as being extremely unique. I'd love to read more books in this setting.
As you can see, each of these books was unique for a different reason. We don't have to come up with a completely new plot (I don't think it's possible, anyway!) to stand out.
What makes your current book unique? What book comes to mind when you hear the word unique?
Have a terrific day!
And the winner from Friday's giveaway?
Huge congrats to LIZ R. for winning a copy of Jody Hedlund's Unending Devotion!!
I will be at a writer's conference this week and will return to bloggin a week from Wednesday.