Some people write along trend lines. Some people write geared towards a specific agent, publishing company, or audience.
Then there are those of us that sit alone in our basement and write about aliens.
Sure science fiction is starting to make a jump back into YA fiction. People love Beth Revis’ ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and Dystopian societies with their vast array of technology are all the rage, but no one is sitting with a hot new alien story. (Okay except for I AM NUMBER FOUR, but that’s a whole other story…)
Some agents have even said that they like science fiction and not aliens and a lot of other people have looked at me like I’m crazy when I say, “My manuscript is about alien prophecies and love.” But you know what?
I don’t care.
Yeah, you heard me. So not every agent wants to read a story about aliens and not every publisher wants to publish a science fiction story for young adults, but you know what? Even if it takes me 1000 agents to query, 1000 publishers before one will even consider this manuscript…I’m still going to try.
Because I love it. Pure and simple I love this manuscript more than anything else I’ve ever written. I stay up late world building and thinking of new alien technology when I should be sleeping. These characters and this story has been in my head for so long that I swear I could recite it word for word, and really need someone other than me and my critique partners to read it so I stop looking so crazy.
I’m coming up on that crazy/strange long stretch of time where I can see the end. This is my last content draft and the next one is to double check my grammar and punctuation (hopefully…unless there are some things I really need to fix) and then it’s DONE…yeah you heard me this thing is going to be DONE and started QUERYING by this spring. It’s very scary, but I love this story too much to keep it buried on my hard drive.
Do write with the trends? Why do you write? Do you care that your book may not be favored by the masses? WHY DOES NO ONE FIND ALIENS SCARY AND ATTRACTIVE LIKE I DO?(You can't tell me he isn't pretty...alien actor or not)