When subbing you novel, I've always heard you should include a comparison for books or movies in your pitch.
I have been trying to think of mine for Grace as I send it out into the agent querying world.
I want it to be commercial enough yet unique enough. I have good things to use but they don't seem known enough.
In a nutshell - Grace Under Fire is about a small-town teen who gets caught up in a big-time drama. After her ranger father goes missing, Grace is determined to uncover the truth, convinced someone is hunting on his animal santuary. She uses her self defense moves and wilderness training to uncover a local conspiracy that threatens her family, the nature of her beloved North Carolina Mountains, and her chance at first love. (you can see the longer pitch on the side.)
So what do you think? Here are a few I have been tossing around but are they too obsure?
Grace Under Fire is a Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things for teens.
Grace Under Fire is like James Hall's Gone Wild meets Nancy Drew.
Grace Under Fire is like James Hall's Gone Wild meets Veronica Mars.
Grace Under Fire is where Carl Hiassen meets Sammy Keyes.
Grace Under Fire is where Thoreau meets Sammy Keyes (is this too cheesy)
I think I need to relate it to wilderness/nature/environment but still bring out the teen love and mystery/suspense elements.
If I pick yours, I will give you 1 free hour of marketing/brand brainstorming. I'll keep this up until my interview goes live on Monday!
Can any of you think of a nature sleuth for kids?