My agent gave me the assignment of coming up with a book that I can compare mine to. It's for pitching purposes, so although it's a tough task, it's important that I get it right.
After much hemming, hawing and bookshelf staring, I think I know what book I'm going to use. Someone smarter and better-read than I once told me that my book reminded her of The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. I've just read it, and I have to say that I agree. So I've decided to work with that title and see how it goes.
Here's what's guiding me in my comp assignment:
"The Weather Inside is like (fill in the blank with an author's name or a title of a book) only (fill in the blank with what sets you apart)."
And here's what I've come up with so far:
1) "The Weather Inside is like Atwood’s The Edible Woman only without the feminist agenda and with lots more sex."
- Not true. I'm too chicken to write about sex, at least explicitly. And I always have a feminist agenda. I mean, I went to York.
2) "The Weather Inside is like Atwood’s The Edible Woman, only without all those big words and ideas."
- Ok, that’s just me and my inferiority complex. But come on. Atwood? Who’s kidding who here?
3) "The Weather Inside is like Atwood’s The Edible Woman, only set in the 2000's and written by someone else."
- All true. (Sort of like this clip from Cheers.) And yet I get the feeling it won't exactly inspire a bidding war between publishers.
As you can see, I'm kind of stuck. And as you may not have seen, I sort of have a thing for Margaret Atwood.