With all the discussion lately about whether there really are any remaining original stories or if it's possible to write a book that's original enough to rise high enough above all the others to get noticed, this story popped out at me today.
I'd encourage you to read it for yourself but, if you're strapped for time, here's the gist in a nutshell: a debut author gets her eerily prescient story, The Age of Miracles, detailing the worldwide calamitous effects of a catastrophic earthquake as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl, auctioned for 600,000 British pounds and $500,000.
Again, I couldn't help but recall Dave Wolverton's presentation at last year's Storymakers Conference about how to write a bestseller. This author covered all the bases, of course. Interestingly, she's someone who works in publishing, helping to choose what gets picked up and what doesn't.
The lesson for us? Think big and write big. A typical love story, mystery, etc. won't suffice anymore. If we want our stories to stand out in an ever increasing deluge of queries, we've GOT to think not only outside the box, but way beyond it. As the recent horrific events in Japan have shown us, truth is often stranger than fiction...and we're seeing so much strange truth lately that nearly anything will be believable.