- Harry Potter: 73 (13 were just "J.K. Rowling" without mention of title)
- Twilight: 111
- Eat, Pray, Love: 104
- Vampire: 118.
- Werewolf: 35. I imagine most people do not use this much except when referring to the moon-inspired beasties.
- Angel: hundreds. Seriously hundreds. But keep in mind that one often uses the word "angel" or "angelic" without directly referring to their own work. Some even have the name of Angel, and it pops up, too.
- Demon: 113. Subtract a few (probably 10) for writers simply referring to something non-paranormal as "demonic."
- Dragon: 98, though a number of these referred to dragon statutes and other dragon objects that were within the story and mattered but did not refer to living, fire-breathing dragons.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Straight YA vs. Paranormal -- Which do you write?
I was reading a recent blog post by my agent last night. After a rather lengthy tit for tat about the number of aspiring authors referencing, or rather comparing their books to some highly reputable, award-winning manuscripts, some of us got to wondering what the most common query words/themes were. Being efficient and as curious as we were, she went ahead and did a quick search of her query database. Below are some stats she posted on her site http://agencygatekeeper.blogspot.com/