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How do you go about finding comparable books out there that are similar to what you have written?

Do you have any special sites or methods or tricks?  :studia
#1 - July 24, 2015, 05:39 AM
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Hi JoJo,

Not sure if this is that cutting edge, but when I've got my audience in mind, I go into a bookshop and tell a member of staff I am looking for something new for my (insert target audience here) to read: 11 year old niece, for example. If you choose a good local book shop, or one of the major retailers, but ask the children's specialist, they usually delight in talking to you for ages. It has helped me see what is in fashion from a retailers point of view.

If you know any teachers that teach the relevant audience, asking them to ask their class what they are reading (they may know already) is also an excellent idea. I am always asking my pupils what they are reading.

Hope that helps, do let me know if you'd like to discuss further.
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#2 - July 24, 2015, 06:29 AM
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I typically just do a search on Amazon. If you go to "Advanced Search" you can sort the results by publication date, which is helpful. You can also select an age range, etc. Try out some different keywords and see what pops up.
#3 - July 24, 2015, 06:53 AM
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http://www.dianamurray.com

I do the same as DianaM. Also, I think tone is important when picking a comparable book. A lighthearted YA with dragons as opposed to a dark YA with winged beasts.
#4 - July 24, 2015, 07:07 AM
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Thank you, CJ Hammond and DiannaM. These are good ideas. I've tried amazon but haven't discovered the advanced search button yet. Good tip.

I've also tried my library's key word search on the website.

I'm not sure if it means nothing is out there that resembles my story or if I'd not figured out how to find it yet. It's a daunting task but I want to find a minimum of 10 comparable books.

I will try both suggestions!!!  :stuck
#5 - July 24, 2015, 07:10 AM
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Yes, Thank you PatEsden!! I'm looking for tone also!!
#6 - July 24, 2015, 07:12 AM
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If you scroll down to "Children's Books" in the "Shop by Department" tab, you will then see an "Advanced Search" link pop up on the upper left of your screen. Let me see if I can include the url here:

http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Search-Books/b/ref=sv_b_0?ie=UTF8&node=241582011

That should work.
#7 - July 24, 2015, 07:52 AM
NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
CITY SHAPES, DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS, ONE SNOWY DAY, PIZZA PIG, and more...
http://www.dianamurray.com

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Thank you, DianaM.

This is a great help!
#8 - July 25, 2015, 02:43 AM
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I also use amazon. When you find one book comparable to yours, check the "also bought" covers listed with that book. That can often lead to other comparables.
Remember the point of finding comparables is to make a case that your book is sellable because similar books have sold well. Anything older than five years is probably not relevant. You should also explain why your book is similar to but somehow better than what's out there
#9 - July 27, 2015, 07:30 AM
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Besides reading a lot (!) in the same genre + age, you could also take a look at Goodreads.
#10 - July 27, 2015, 09:42 AM

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Thank you, LadySlipper and Eileen Kennedy-Moore. Good suggestions!!
#11 - July 30, 2015, 03:09 AM
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Besides Goodreads, Amazon, bookshops and libraries, I also like checking online catalogs, like this one: http://www.scholastic.ca/booksellers/catalogues/spring/2015_HCPB.pdf

Hope it helps!
#12 - August 14, 2015, 05:29 AM

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