If you're looking to resonate with a literary agent, you can't go wrong with the end of days. It's the apocalypse, baby, and agents are all over the plot device.
Not one, but two debut novels are set in this red-hot, all the rage time. America after the apocalypse, everything falling apart, gloom and doom. Don't you just want to dig into a good read like that? Neither do I, but literary agents think we do and they've got the publishers convinced as well. Now is the time to submit your post-apocalypse triumph, before actual sales figures come in and put paid to the notion.
Darin Bradley has penned Amaranth, due to be laid down in two years, by which time the post-apocalypse may or may not be of interest. It's a re-telling of Lord of the Flies, but without the Robinson Crusoe-esque elements of stranding, desert islands, and the like.
Not to be outdone, Alan DeNiro has come up with a post-apocalyptic setting and a dysfunctional family, a premise that set Colleen Lindsay to tingling over at FinePrint Literary Management. Doesn't that sound like a light-hearted summer beach read? Better, perhaps, for the cold and dreary days of winter, if the apocalypse is your cup of tea.
Why oh why are bookstores closing due to lack of sales while publishing houses see their sales figures decline? Why is that?