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Hi, there! I was going around the Internet, doing some research on literary agents, thinking that maybe 'Lady Montague' could make it to the bookshops, and I found these questions that apparently I need to answer before going on - according to self-help publishing websites I've just discovered. It's funny how prefabricated and how market-focused they all are. It's so much about the money, I'm actually thinking self-publishing is the real thing. Anyway, I still have some answers if you're curious:
Does your idea warrant a book?
Yes, it does, and a fairly good one.
What is the book about?
It’s mainly about a gorgeous overlooked character from Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. I see Lady Montague as a pacifist among brutes; she’s quite exceptional. But in terms of topics, this book’s about love and fear face to face. These are to me the most empowering and terrifying human feelings, they can both make you take the most difficult steps or freeze you to death, and sometimes one wonders which one is actually the strongest.
Why should it be published?
In 2014 we celebrated Shakespeare’s 450 anniversary, which is something I didn’t noticed until the book was finished. You get revivals of Shakespeare’s plays taking place around the world every day, meaning people like it. The West End brought in an adaptation of ‘Shakespeare in love’ -again ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the centre of the story- and it’s been greatly acclaimed. Why shouldn’t we tell the story of one of the most beautiful characters in the play? It’s written as a book so there’s no need to put it on a show. But it’s alive.
Who will read it?
I would expect my ideal reader to have an interest in human feelings in all their complexity. And I assume it’s people who read a lot who’s really up to enjoy it.
What is your unique selling point?
It’s my writing style at the service of a great love story.
I’ve been writing for sixteen years. You don’t need to know ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to fall for this book. Nevertheless, it makes ‘Romeo and Juliet’ even better.
Have you researched your marketplace?
No. I haven’t. Unfortunately for me, money and market does not interest me when it comes to my writing anymore. I’ve been hugely disappointed by a publisher before, thinking that I could make money for my work – while I was being ripped off. I don’t want to know a thing about it. If you like it, you sell it. It’s all yours and I’ll accept the most ridiculous money whilst I can find my book it in the bookshops. My only condition is that you respect it, keeping it as it is. Besides, that should be your work, not mine.
How strongly do you believe in your work?
I believe in my work as I believe in the air I breathe. It might not be as good as I wish it was, but I’ll die without it.