When I was in New York, I met with my book agent and we discussed my "positioning" for this project. As any of you who have written or pitched books as a first-time author may know, in order to get interest from publishers, you need to be able to explain how you are different, unique and "fresh" compared to all the other people out there writing books in your same genre.
When my agent asked me what I thought was different about my message compared to other "start a business" authors, I fumbled around for awhile and thought it might have something to do with my many years experience inside corporations as a self-employed consultant, coupled with a pinch of California "woo woo" appeal, aided by a bit of creative "street cred" from many years training as a martial artist. But mostly I ended up confused, and realized that I may be too close to my message to know what it means to the people I care most about helping: creative, frustrated people in corporations who dream of starting a business but don’t quite know how to do it.
Publishers are always fond of creating composite characters just like movie producers are …
"She is kind of like Seth Godin lunching with Deepak Choprah, with a sympathetic Ann Coulter serving coffee"
"This movie is like Shaft meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragen with a Titanic love storyline"
So for those of you who have been following my blog for awhile and find it useful, here are two questions for you:
- What do you find different about me as a writer compared to other start-a-business-and-live-your-dreams experts out there?
- If you had to create a composite character for me, what would it be? (this is really for my own amusement)
Thank you so much for your thoughts!