When my agent and I went out on submission with my upcoming debut, OCD Love Story (Simon Pulse, July 2013), we didn’t really focus on comp titles. I’m not one of those writers who’s opposed to them — but it simply wasn’t part of my submission or querying process. I’d like to think my book has a funny/quirky voice accompanying its dark story line. It’s definitely a straightforward, contemporary YA, and fits in well with other Simon Pulse titles. So in my case, I think the best comps are other books my editor and house have worked on, since I think my publisher has a strong point of view, a clear place in the market, and that my work fits in nicely.
Some Simon Pulse authors I adore? Amy Reed is a writer whose work I literally can’t put down. I have read all three of her books in one sitting each. I especially adore her debut, Beautiful, which reminded me deeply of the movie Thirteen (which I once had my work compared to, so there you go). She really captures the heartbreak, depth, and complexity of being a teenage girl in a fast-paced, addictive way.
Lauren Strasnick is another one of my favorite Pulse authors. Her prose is gorgeous, and her characters are complicated. She is a brave writer, and someone I aspire to be more like.
I’ve talked about Arlaina Tibensky’s Simon Pulse novel, And the Things Fall Apart about a million times, on the blog and other blogs and basically to anyone who will talk to me. The voice in that book is truly something to aspire to — funny, smart, quirky, thoughtful, fun. It’s one of my favorite YA novels ever.
I also am a huge fan of Hannah Moksowitz’s beautiful Pulse novel, Gone, Gone, Gone. Haunting, unique, and full of the kind of confusing romantic struggles I love to read and write about, it’s another book I would be proud to see my book next to.
I could go on and on about the wonderful authors over at Simon Pulse. They inspire me, excite me, make me laugh and cry, and I couldn’t be more proud to join their little family.
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