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YA Writer Contest: Flaunt Your Comps


search-2 Hi, Linda’s intern Tara here! So, we’re having a YA Comp Contest! (I’m doing YA again because not only am I most familiar with YA books, but we have a great YA book as a prize!) The winner will receive an Advanced Reader Copy of Carl Hiaasen’s new book, Skink No Surrender, plus a copy of Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein’s must-read guide for children’s book writers, Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults. SecondSightFinalCover-9

Making a comparison of your manuscript to another book can tell a lot about your work. It makes it easier for an agent or editor to imagine who your reader might be. Your manuscript doesn’t need to be identical to a book for you to compare the two. You don’t want it to come off sounding like your manuscript is the doppelganger of another title. Instead, pick a few aspects of your work that compare to those same aspects in another book. This demonstrates that yours has some really great qualities that have worked for other writers. Thinking about the books that are similar to your work is a healthy and helpful exercise. Then when you write your query letter you can include your comp, if you like.

searchHere’s an example of what I mean:

Four teenaged girlfriends spend their first summer apart, yet are still connected by their deep bond of friendship and a magical pair of pants that brings luck to each of them in unexpected ways. SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELLING PANTS is like a teenaged version of DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD in a light-hearted way showing how strong female friendships can impact our lives.search-1

Here are the Comp Contest rules:

  • Write a logline for your YA novel. (If you’re not sure how to write a logline, refer to my post about them.)
  • Pick one YA book that you think is the best comparison for your work. In one-to-two sentences, describe how your manuscript is similar to that book. Don’t forget to include the title and author of the book you’re using.
  • Post your entry into the comment box below.
  • Entries must be submitted before midnight (EST) on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.
  • Only one entry per person (and sorry, but Linda’s clients may not enter).
  • This contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only, due to the high cost of international shipping.
  • Winners will be posted here on Friday, August 8th.

Now, put your YA book knowledge to the test and find your perfect comparison!


8025427_1Tara Slagle is Linda Epstein‘s intern and is working toward her M.S. in Publishing at Pace University. After completing her degree she would like to work in the publishing world as either an acquisitions editor or literary agent, focusing on YA and (the emerging) New Adult titles. 



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