Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Remake after Hollywood remake, formulaic novel after formulaic novel, and copycat reality shows. It’s got to be rough on the Hollywood screenwriter or novelist trying to create something new and different.
LITERARY AGENT: Whaddy got?
WRITER: It’s a story about two teenage boys and a girl who train at this academy, learn magic and fight this disembodied dark lord.
LITERARY AGENT: That’s fantastic! We’ll sell those like hot-cakes to the teens, even if it does sound JUST A TADDDDDDD…. BIT familiar. How’s a ten-book deal sound?
PUBLISHER: Tell me about your story.
WRITER: Well, it’s got these diminuitive people on a quest, there’s a dragon, a wizard–
PUBLISHER: I’ll take it, very Tolkien-esque, the mindless masses are brain-wahh– uh, I mean, mesmerized by that stuff.
Yeah, it can maddening for the writer trying to add something different to the entertainment domain, something that involves an element of risk. And that’s why today I toast my friend J.C. Michael, who I met roughly a year ago on the HarperCollins Authonomy website and stayed in touch with ever since. J.C. and I bonded almost immediately because he’d written a unique horror novel called Discoredia that had some of the same devious characterization and plotting as one of my favorite authors, Michael Slade, but yet it was like NOTHING I’d ever seen before. Completely original! And of course, J.C. felt the same about my novel, Space Games, in terms of its providing thrills and uniqueness, and we supported each other through the milestones and pitfalls of trying to reach publication. This morning I learned that J.C. just hooked a publisher for Discoredia. I am ecstatic and pushed everything aside to write this unconventional news release!
So, for you authors writing something unconventional, risky, non-formulaic, or you readers looking for something completely different, take heart. It does happen (as it did for me and now J.C.), and fortunately these different sorts of stories are (or will be) available at a book retailer near you.
So, so, so very happy for J.C. Yes!