An important piece of a debut novel pitch is defining your “comparables,” other well-known current releases which your readers enjoyed. Amazon uses this analogy to suggest books to you based on your browsing and purchase history. For Eliza’s story, I reference Sara Donati’s The Gilded Hour and Jennifer Worth’s memoir and popular PBS series, Call the Midwife. If I had more room in a query letter, I would also include Robin Oliveira’s My Name is Mary Sutter. Each of these titles presents women in medicine of the late 1800s and into mid-20th century.
For other ideas of “If you like, you may also like,” I’ve put together a few book pairings from books I’ve read and/or are in my TBR pile. Each pair below is linked to this new feature I’ve added to my Facebook posts with discussions on my page. Which ones have you read? Agree or disagree with the pairing? I’d love to have you join the discussion. Let me know if you have any ideas, too, for more pairs.
That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.Jhumpa Lahiri
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