Day 5 – My book is a little like…

My book is a little like?

My book is a little like?

Day 5 prompt is:

Every author wants their book to be different – to stand out in the crowd. But when it comes to selling your book, it’s also important to know what it’s similar to so that you can give people comparisons they can easily understand. For instance, who hasn’t heard Star Wars described as a Western set in space? What kinds of comparisons could you make in describing your book so that people know instantly what it – or isn’t – similar to?

Hmmm… this is a hard prompt. For the books I’ve written, I tend to describe the issues in the book for people know what it’s about as they are “real life” books, rather than fantasy or science fiction.

One of the stories I’m working on I describe as “the Specky Magee of cubing!”

For those who don’t know, the Specky Magee books are written by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon. The main character is a boy called Simon ‘Specky’ Magee, a boy who loves Aussie Rules football, and is very good at it. Football is the backdrop for his story and the books cover issues such as adoption, bullying, fitting in, and other issues that teenagers face. These are very popular books, especially among boys in Australia.

The story I’m working on uses speedcubing (solving the Rubik’s cube really, really fast) as the back drop to my characters dealing with the issues in their lives, similar issues that the Specky Magee books deal with (although adoption hasn’t been one of them so far!). It was my 14 year old son that challenged me to work on these stories as we couldn’t find books that had a speedcuber as a main character (if anyone knows of any, please let me know), and he was the one who suggested I write “the Specky Magee of cubing!”

For the books I have published, maybe I need to read some more books in a similar genre to answer this question better!

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  1. I like the “Specky Magee” of cubing, that’s great. I am really looking forward to reading your book!

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