H is for high-concept
It took me a while to figure out what exactly this meant. And for a while I didn’t even care. I just wanted to write the stories I wanted to write. That’s what a lot of the advice says to do. Follow your heart.
But is your heart always right? It might be. It might be that your writing isn’t up to par yet. Or it could be the story premise.
Check out Roni Loren’s post on the subject of high-concept stories.
So why should I, or you, as writers try for high-concept?
Well, it depends on your goals and what you want to accomplish with your writing. There is definitely a market for quieter books that appeal to the library and school market. But my impression is that it’s harder to find an agent with a quiet book. Am I wrong on this?
You tell me – do you try for high concept? Do you even care?