Friday Musings 1/12/2018
Recently I was told by a writer buddy that it's funny how changing the ending of a story can alter the whole thing.
I thought about something. What kind of story is the one--THE one--they want? Does it contain that catchy ending? An emotional one? Or is a mixture of the two, with the catchy part concealed and not outright disclosing itself for what it is. Possibly a gimmick?
It’s in the eye of the beholder (thought I was gonna say tiger, huh?), and I’m sure both are loved by many. But what gets your story sold? What do people come back time and time again for?
What will create a lasting memory in the minds of many a different reader?
Is it poetic, more literary prose? Or a written version of basically a movie in your head?
At this point in time I have the idea that it could be anything, depending on the editor and what they want/need for the particular publication. Mainstream novels tend to be more meat and potatoes, while the more literary aim to please a certain group—though some have just enough mainstream to please a wider audience.
Either way, there is something for someone. But what is it that breaks through into the higher paying pubs?
What do you think?
Do you know the secret formula to getting into higher paying pro markets, or are you ok with more mainstream, indie publications?
Let me know in the comment section below, or on Twitter @Wcmarchese