- Everyone thinks his book is unique.
- Comparing oneself to Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games feels both pretentious and preposterous.
- Mentioning other books in your genre shows you’ve done your homework – by reading.
- Complimenting other authors is gracious.
Determining the characteristics of a manuscript can be tricky. Humor is in the ear of the beholder. Saying a novel is sweet feels cloying, while describing it as edgy sounds like the author is trying too hard to be teen-like. You get my drift.
I went through my Goodreads list to search for books that share qualities with my novel. I was particularly interested in recent debut novels that had made a splash or books by established authors that were solid sellers, but not blockbusters.
Saying something along the lines of “[My title] will appeal to readers who enjoyed [characteristic] in [novel title] by [author], [publisher, date]” is less off-putting than claiming my manuscript is the next The Da Vinci Code.