Editors love it when you push the boundaries, or so they say. They love it when you bring something fresh, something different, something totally whacky to the table. Er, maybe not totally whacky. But you get my meaning. Basically, they want you to take a tried and tested idea and put your own spin on it, make it stand out in a completely unique way.
And here’s where I start getting palpitations! I think the last time I read anything totally unique that blew me away was when the book (Presents, of course) started with fairies being given their assignments as to who to pair up back on Earth. I kid you not. I remember thinking, fairies, in Presents? And yep, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Now don't get me wrong, there are new authors and even well-established authors who blow me away on a regular basis. But something soo different that I'm left thinking, wow? Hasn't happened since the fairies sprinkled their dust.
Cue major heart failure now. How on earth can I make my work stand out in a way that makes an editor's heart beat faster without my hero growing fangs or my heroine literally sprouting wings and flying into the sunset with said fanged hero? I think my new ms is unique enough. I've certainly not read anything like it, but am I kidding myself here?
How do you know when you've pushed enough to be different, but not so far out as to be mistaken for a complete nut job?
Answers on a postcard please (or barring that, comments in the er, comment box).
Happy Easter to everyone!!!