I just read a statistic which said that the average person buys one book a year. Yikes! That does not bode well for those of us who want to sell our books, unless you are J.K. Rowling or Yann Martel, known for The Life of Pi. Martel just received a three million dollar deal for his new book, Beatrice and Virgil, about a monkey and a donkey discussing the holocaust with a taxidermist! Now why didn’t I come up with that topic? It seems that there is an appetite for bizarre and quirky topics. Another quirky book making headlines recently is Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales From Tomorrow. This collection of short stories was edited by Zsuzsi Gartner and with a name like Zsuzsi you have to expect the unexpected. Here is my list of new and bizarre writing topics:
- A pit bull and a vulture discuss genocide with an undertaker
- A polar bear and a swarm of honey bees discuss climate change with a real estate agent
- A cuckoo bird and a rat discuss global trade issues with the National Gun Association
- A parrot and a dolphin discuss dementia with an auctioneer
Good luck writing your quirky best seller.