I never gave much thought to comp tittles with my last novel, but the more queries I read it seems like a lot of other writers are using them. Because of this I went on the hunt for comp titles for my own novel. I even pulled out a big box of books I'd planned to donate to my local library. That's when I realized that while there may be the perfect comp title for my novel out there, I certainly haven't read it yet.
I have to agree with all of the other writers who've said comp titles are a great way to show agents that you know the current market. Although, it would definitely be silly to use a book you haven't read as a comp title, especially if it's a book said agent represents. That is a total no, no. It would be awkward if someone you want to impress were to ask you your opinion on a book you haven't even read.
I've put some thought into this, and asked myself what movies have I seen would my book be most comparable to in tone since I haven't read a book that is. And while I'm still not one hundred percent certain on this comparison if I had to use a comp title I would say NEVER A HAPPY ENDING would appeal most to fans who enjoyed the quiet, tender, and hopeful tone of A WALK TO REMEMBER.
What about you guys? What book our movie would your novel be most comparable to?