How do you decide what to write?
I’ve decided my next novel will be MG, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.
If you’re writing your first novel, you probably haven’t given this much thought – you’re caught up in the love of your story, and that is fine.
If you’re a teacher or librarian or parent, you probably think, I wish more writers would write MG fiction for boys, or a real-issues book for girls about friendship, or a YA book that doesn’t set my hair on fire.
If you’re an agent or editor, you probably think, I wish writers would send me the next Hunger Games series and help me pull the publishing industry out of its funk.
I wish I had an agent* just to get their advice on this question: What book should I write next?
*I’m working on this …
Should I try that idea for an MG fantasy for boys that I love? MG fantasy for boys is hot right now, but who knows how long that will last? Should I write that MG SF book that is singing to my heart, even if the market for it may be limited? Should I write that epic 5-part military SF series that tempts me, but I can’t imagine being able to sell it?
I’ve heard many agents say Write what your heart wants and Tell the best story you can. But the truth is that I have MANY stories to tell, and not all of them are equally salable. So what do you write to break in to an industry that is notoriously difficult and subjective?
I have more question marks in this post than periods (almost).
What middle grade story would you like to see written?