The art of selling yourself to an agent or editor is a tricky one to figure out. They're looking for a fresh-feeling story ... but one that has a clear audience. That's why in marketing copy you so often see phrases like, "If you love The Hunger Games then you'll love this book too!"
These kinds of comparisons are fine and useful for marketing purposes. And they're helpful for readers too. But achieving a particular comparison should never be our goal. Striving to make your writing the next J.K. Rowling or the next Ally Carter or the next James Patterson will only water down those unique qualities of YOURS.
That's why I love this quote for today's Tuesday inspiration:
What's something unique about the story you're telling? How is it different than others you've read? What is it about this story that makes your heart quicken?