As I mentioned some time ago I was contacted by a publisher about Neanderthal Seeks Human. Here is what they had to say after reading the story:
"We really do think that there is potential in the manuscript and enjoyed the story, we had some problems with the characters... We thought that Janie was a little too slow on the uptake sometimes but too smart at other times. It was really funny in the beginning, but became a little unbelievable further into the book... women can't identify with that kind of character. Also, we felt that we didn’t really get to know Quinn as much as we would have liked. "
First, I was really flattered that the publisher even contacted me. That was a cool experience.
Ok, now to something that has been on my mind for awhile...
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say: I feel my book is unique. There are few things about my book that make it unique, as follows:
- I feel Janie is a unique character because she has an IQ greater 165 and therefore can't find her way out of a paper bag. If any of you have ever met someone with an IQ greater than 165 then chances are you know they have difficulty navigating paper bags as well as common sense. Also, Janie is endearing but seldom (if ever) 100% likeable.
- The reader is uncertain of Quinn through most of the book as his character is revealed only through Janie's perspective. Because the reader gets to be Janie through the whole book, Quinn is a big, fat mystery. The reader is never 100% satisfied that they understand his motivations and is left wanting more of him (of his thoughts, feelings, motivations, etc) much like Janie feels. But, she has to accept him on faith.
- The book doesn't end in a cliffhanger but many questions are unresolved.
- The ending is over the top. Like, seriously over the top.
- It is a romance novel that has at least seven 5-or-more syllable words on each page (a reader sent this statistic to me, it made me smile)
I am not content to write another romance book.
I want to write someone's favorite book.
I want to write the book that sits on the shelf next to Pride and Prejudice. I want to write the book that people (even if it is a very small group of people) read and re-read then re-read again because they love it so much and they connect with the realness of the characters but enjoy the ridiculousness of the story.
If that means I never choose to sign with a publisher because they want my books to be more like other books then that is a-ok with me.
I don't believe my book is perfect (far from it). I do believe I have a lot to learn. I do believe I have a lot of room for improvement. I don't believe my books will be for everyone. Maybe they will only be for a small group of people who like the frustration that accompanies character driven stories with mystery, hilarity, and wonder.
I feel confident in stating that my book is unique. If I had to choose between being palatable and being unique I'd choose unique each time.
One last thing then I'll end my silly post.
I LOVE MY READERS!!!! I love them so much I want to put them in my pocket and smother them with ice cream and marshmallows. You are the best. For reals. Crazy love from me to you.
Ok. The end.