STATUS: Today felt like a Monday. I had one task that I absolutely needed to accomplish and it hasn’t happened yet.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? TENDERNESS by General Public
It should have occurred to me yesterday that I hadn’t mentioned the genres for the two projects I shopped with prickly protagonists.
One was literary fiction not unlike The Confederacy Of Dunces but with a female protagonist.
And I’m not kidding when I say that the author and I talked about the fact that if she had been a male writer with a male protag, we probably could have sold it. Yeah. Don’t get me started on that.
The other project was commercial mainstream (with a leaning towards women’s fiction) because the story was told by three female narrators of wildly varying ages (so untraditional in that sense).
And trust me, I’m not confusing an unlikeable character with an unlikeable action. In a lot of sample pages I see, they are one and the same.
I personally adore complicated characters so what I am saying is that I’ve got to love the novel a lot to take the risk since it has been such a hard sell. I think a good question to ask is this: if this character was alive and a real person, would I want to spend time in his or her company?
If the answer is yes, then I’ll take a chance and damn the torpedoes (so to speak). If the answer is no, well then, there you have it.