|Used with permission from Debbie Ridpath Ohi at Inkygirl.com.|
Every agent these days seems to be looking for high concept stories, even for literary fiction. But what does that mean exactly? Ask three different people, you’ll get three different answers.
According to Alexis Nikki at Absolute Write, a high concept story– is universal;– has a fresh twist;– involves an empathetic hero who is dealing with a BIG problem; and– can be summed up in a 25-word logline.A blog post from the Waxman Agency defines high concept this way:It’s an idea that is immediately accessible and appealing to a large group of people, that taps into the hive-mind if you will, but with the added spark of feeling new (even if it’s as old as the hills).Agent Paige Wheeler from CMA has a slightly different spin:I define high concept as a premise that can be boiled down into one sentence and sets it apart from other stories by its unique hook or angle.