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#1 Kodi R.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:01 PM

Heya,

 

Since I'm pretty much almost to the query stage, I've started to worry about the usual thing: how overdone is my idea? Or, I guess in my case, the creatures in my idea.

 

The main characters in HALF-BREEDS AND OTHER LIABILITIES consist of a half-demon (later AntiChrist), a half-angel (Later Vessel of Michael) and a psychic (Later Vessel of Lilith). It also includes a lot of creatures from different folklores and mythologies besides vampires and werewolves such as kitsune, Odin's raven's (Specifically Munnin), succubi and incubi, different species of the fae (like Jenny Greenteeth), Valkryies, strigoi, black dogs, etc. etc. Most of the time I want to add a creature in there, I'll pick something out of random and "modernize" them a bit and twist the creature so it can survive in modern day Chicago.

 

But I hear things about how creatures are overdone, and I've heard some people say they don't want any more angel/demon stories.

 

I wouldn't say HALF-BREEDS is an angel/demon story more than an Apocalyptic story about a demon, half-angel, and psychic trying to find their places in the world and who they fight for but at first glance maybe it would still seem that way?

 

Do you think if an agent saw the word "demon" in a query (hypothetically, let's say it was a good query otherwise) they'd hit reject because of that word?

 

Are demons still sellable these days? I've been looking online and I can't find anything.

 

Please help.


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#2 FolioRoad

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:14 PM

Ah, the insecurities of us artsy folk... 

 

I've read the same thing, but in reference to Paranormal Romance: werewolves, vampires, and other creatures as love interests.

 

I think you're good to go! Your book sounds much more centered around action and butt-kicking, so I wouldn't worry about it. Plus, what can you do at this point besides give it your best shot anyway?

 

Some agents may hit delete if they see the word demon, but all it takes is one.

 

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#3 Kodi R.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:23 PM

 

Ah, the insecurities of us artsy folk... 

 

I've read the same thing, but in reference to Paranormal Romance: werewolves, vampires, and other creatures as love interests.

 

I think you're good to go! Your book sounds much more centered around action and butt-kicking, so I wouldn't worry about it. Plus, what can you do at this point besides give it your best shot anyway?

 

Some agents may hit delete if they see the word demon, but all it takes is one.

 

Good luck in the query trenches!

 

 

Thanks, Folio. And yeah, this is NOT a love story.

 

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#4 Aaron Bradford Starr

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:03 PM

If you're looking at Christian-mythos demons (especially relating to the Anti-Christ), you might want to check out book lists of Christian publishers, some of whom must specialize in this genre.  I haven't heard many agents saying they are tired of the angle/demon angle, but maybe I don't look at the right agents for that.

 

But demons, as an idea, are so broad as to be basically undefinable.  I mean, a demon can be basically whatever you need it to be.  Other cultures, as you note, have extremely freaky demons (among other things).  The thought of hearing about some of these with no understanding of the natural world, with only the light of a fire to comfort you, is terrifying.  Heck, the idea of being chased through an empty industrial park by these is pretty bad, too.

 

Oh, and, as a native, I think Chicago is just the place for this sort of thing.



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 02:22 PM

Sometimes an idea is 'overdone' because it's not very specific. What I write about Angels or Demons may be so wholly removed from what someone else writes that its okay if there's a bunch on the market. I think you'll be fine






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