The Book Factor

In this country, and now America, if you want to be a pop star you can enter the X Factor. You get a chance to show your talent, personality, appearance and background to a panel of judges who take everything into account and choose their favourites to win a recording contract and go on to work in the music business. If you’re a writer, there’s no big money competition like this, you take your chance with individual agents and publishing houses. But what if there was such a competition, what would it look like? ….

The Book Factor

Finding the next J.K Rowling!

1. The panel

Firstly, you need a panel of judges. The X Factor currently has four judges – three of which are singers themselves and one is a music manager. The Book Factor could also have four judges – a literary agent, an editor at a top publishing house, an author and a book critic from a newspaper. These people should know what a “good” book looks likes, what type of writer could have a successful career and what it takes to hit the bestseller charts.

2. The categories

X Factor has four categories – girls, boys, over 25’s and groups. You could split wannabe authors by age or perhaps by the type of writer there are so we could have a category for adult fiction, non-fiction, children’s / young adult fiction and poetry.

3. The competition

X Factor has open auditions followed by boot camp auditions then a final selection by the judges who are given one category to mentor. In the book factor, writers could give a pitch for their book as the open audition, then the first chapter then a final audition of the first three chapters and synopsis. The judges could then mentor their picks and help them craft the final novel with a chapter revealed each week for the live shows when in X Factor the contestants sing live on stage. The viewers would then vote for a winner.

4. The prize

The X Factor offers a recording contract so the Book Factor would have to offer a publishing contract. Instead of an album deal, a one or two book deal with a top UK publisher. A marketing campaign would follow as with the X Factor and likely the book would hit no.1 as the winners song does for the X Factor.

Would you enter the book Factor?

Vix

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36 thoughts on “The Book Factor

  1. I’ve daydreamed about a reality show about books for a long time. But as for entering the contest… I don’t think I would. It would be a lot more fun to watch others!

  2. That’s a great idea! I wouldn’t enter, but would encourage my sister to try. Of course I would be rooting for you too!

  3. How creative.

    Why don’t you pitch your idea? hey, the Spelling B is famous and televised. Why not this?

    No, I would not enter but I would watch people I know.

    If the t.v. networks aren’t interested, how about pitching the idea to the Publishing House as a competition they could hold each year? (You just need to know how you could be compensated and your involvment.)

    Sandi
    http://www.ahhsome.wordpress.com
    Lake Forest, CA USA

    P.S. It probably woudn’t gain the ratings expected for t.v. Only those who are writers/readers would watch. As opposed to singing. Everyone secretly desires to be a “rock star” and enjoy watching “train-wrecks” of those convinced they can sing but…

  4. People who love to READ and care about quality books being published are probably too busy READING to watch Reality Shows and vote. πŸ˜‰

    I have entered something like this on WEbook.

    My book, Too Much Stuff, landed in the #2 spot out of 500 entries . . . but the publishers decided NOT to publish any of the books.

    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/fun-with-numbers-publication-odds/

    After the vote, WEbook elected not to publish any of the 500+ projects submitted, effectively transforming the promise of β€œpeer review publishing” into nothing more than a futile popularity contest with no β€œbrass ring” awarded to any of the authors who reached the summit.

  5. I love this idea. I would watch it, but then again I don’t watch the X-factor, Idol, or any of those other shows. But I would like to see authors for some reason. I think there would be more substance I suppose.

  6. I love this post and all your posts. I’ve been wanting to comment on your writing/book posts, but haven’t the time. A huge financial crisis has thrown me into primitive ages: no computer, no twitter, no facebook, no ipad (what is that anyway?)…honestly, I’ve been so far removed from technology , I have no idea about any of it. I’ve even lost cable (when people talk about these Top Chef or Kardashian or movie channels , etc…I am so far out of the loop). Not exactly a good place to be in when an aspiring writer. God, I hope it gets better soon. I just need a computer…a freaking typewriter at this point, ha! (I do read a lot I must say though since my technology absence…currently reading The Help…it is fantastic!).
    But this post is fun. We just got X Factor over in these parts (it was only a U.K. thing for a while right?) and I’m starting to enjoy it a bit I think.

    • Thank you sop much Jan, your suppprt is really appreciated. Sorry to hear you’re having issues, I hope you can sort things out soon. Watch out – the X Factor is addictive πŸ™‚

  7. Not even joking, I would SO watch this show!!! Btw, I know I’ve been a terrible blog friend lately. But I do want you to know that your blog is one of the few that I’ve continued to follow and read since I’ve fallen off the blogging map. I’m so sorry that I haven’t been commenting. But I am so excited that you’re trying to get your book published and are currently looking for an editor. I believe in you, and if you’re ever up for sharing, I would LOVE to read your book. πŸ™‚ I’ll do my best to get back to commenting, but I want you to know, I’m always reading!!

    • Aw Sophia don’t worry, I’m super flattered that you read my blog, that’s enough for sure! Thanks so much for your support, I just hope an agent out there feels the same way you do πŸ™‚ Hugs!

  8. Haha, you’re way of describing it was very creative. I’m not so good at writing but it would be interesting idea cause there are always only singing or dancing competitions. This would be something different!

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