Adam Heine tagged me a few weeks ago, so here's my take on "The Next Big Thing." The WIP in question? Clyde!
What is your working title of your book?
This would be the first question, wouldn't it? See below*
Where did the idea come from for the
Last spring, Sarah LaPolla tweeted about how she'd love to see a contemporary retelling of a biblical story. (Or maybe it was any kind of retelling of a biblical story, so long as it didn't have religious elements.) I'd been mulling over the idea of writing about a middle school election, and when she mentioned the biblical element, something just clicked. Middle school election. David and Goliath. Done.
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose
to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Couldn't say, since the kids who'd act in a future movie rendition would be, like, six right now. But if we suspend age requirements for a moment, I could totally see Elle Fanning as Grizelda, the Goliath character in my manuscript.
What is the one-sentence
synopsis of your book?
I'm feeling a little lazy, so I'll stick with the boring, "It's a contemporary MG retelling of David and Goliath." :)
Will your book be self-published or represented by an
Represented by an agency (assuming Kate thinks the manuscript is solid enough). I really don't think self-publishing is a viable option in the MG market. I think a self-published author would have a tough time reaching MG readers, and it's really hard to fake a professional-looking MG cover, since they're often illustrated.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two months, although it would have been a bit faster if I hadn't been managing this little contest called "The Writer's Voice" while I was writing the first draft:)
What other books would you compare this story to within
Several of my critique partners have thought the tone reminds them of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, but I haven't read any of those yet, so I couldn't say for sure. *dodges tomato*
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Isn't this kind of the same question as number two? Cross-apply my previous point. (High-five to any fellow policy debaters in the blogosphere!)
What else about
your book might pique the reader's interest?
I'm not a fan of playlists, but this manuscript ended up with one by virtue of the fact that so many gorgeous pieces figure prominently in the plot, including Louiguy and Edith Piaf's "La Vie en rose" and Frederic Chopin's "Nocturne in E Flat Major." Oh, and there are paintball guns. Did I mention there were paintball guns?
*Now that you've heard a little more about the manuscript, I need your input on the title. I've come up with three options so far. There are pros and cons to all of them, so I want to know which one you like best (or which ones you hate). And if you have another idea, feel free to suggest it!
HOW TO BEAT A POPULAR
THE UNBEATABLE GRIZELDA PHILLY-STEEN
HOW I, DAVID GRAINGER, BEAT THE UNBEATABLE GRIZELDA PHILLY-STEEN
Last but not least, I'm tagging the following bloggers:
Jenilyn Collings, whose blog is undergoing renovations at the moment
You! (Feel free to include a link in the comments of this post once you answer the questions!)
Message for the tagged authors and interested others:
Rules of The Next
*Use this format for your post.
*Answer the ten questions
about your current WIP (work-in-progress).
*Tag five other writers/bloggers
and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Questions for The Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book
be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to
write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or what inspired
you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader's
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the
people you have tagged.