Are you unique enough?

I don’t know if other author’s experience this, but it is something I think about – especially after reading a lot of Tweets by agents and publishers that talk not about an author’s books or works but the author themselves.
One agent I happened across openly admitted that they where not seeking any type of unique work, they where seeking a unique type of person, and an author had to fit a mould. Is that my problem, I don’t fit a mould?

In today’s heavily visual, heavily marketing, heavily social media focused society I’m not surprised that publishers seek author’s who have a sell-able face, but not just a sell-able face, but a sell-able identity. Somehow, at some point, I blinked – and identity became this massive, important thing. What is your identity?
Are you unique enough to be an author?
It feels like, today, you have to have some sort of incredible personal uniqueness to win an agent, or a publisher – something that makes you stand out amongst the crowd – instead of your work.
But perhaps I only see one side of the publishing industry online, I would really love to speak to publishers and agents about this – because I find it utterly fascinating.

I am pretty sure it was how I was raised that instilled in me an ethic of believing that my work spoke for me. I didn’t want to be put on a pedestal, it was my work that I wanted to share – not me. I wanted my stories, my adventures, my worlds, my characters to shine for me.

The more I write, the more books I put into print, the more I have this intense desire to fade into the background and just let my world exist for me, to let my work be my voice.

4 thoughts on “Are you unique enough?

  1. K. Alice Compeau says:

    You and your writing were unique enough for me to click this blog post over all the ones I was scrolling by. I bet you’re more unique and your face more sell-able than you may believe at the moment. Keep moving forward. I think that’s the only way good things will happen.

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  2. wanderingwithwords860704980 says:

    Your comments have made me think about what you are saying..
    I think your writing is your voice and the more you write the stronger, louder and positive your voice will grow.
    As a unique person, you cannot hide yourself that would be a waste of a great human and your writing would suffer. To write effectually you must experience life with its joys and hurts.
    The publishers are not God. Disregard their attitudes though as publishers they wield power which has to be accepted.

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