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How to Find Compelling Comps for Your Book | Jane Friedman

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  • If you can’t find any, you are probably looking for too similar of a comp. Look at aspects of a work that relate to yours- style/voice, themes, plot, or character quality/journey.
  • Focus your search on the last few years. You can go back up to ten years if absolutely necessary but...

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  • No comp is better than a poor comp.
  • It’s OK to use film/TV , authors or podcasts as comps
  • Find at least one comp.
  • The comp can be a bestseller, but if a book has become ubiquitous, it is too popular to be a comp.
  • You can use the following formulations to tal...

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  • Comps are a shorthand for which the bookshelf it belongs in and who your reader is
  • Research using books published in the last 2yrs which are similar in plot/tone to yours?“[TITLE] will appeal to readers of ... and evokes the story of ...”
  • Describe what aspect of the book is c...

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  • I looked at my own bookshelves.
  • I asked librarians after telling them about my book.
  • I asked other writers, especialy writer friends
  • Goodreads and Amazon
  • I researched the last three years of “best of” lists.
  • I researched debut books of the last three y...

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