What the heck do literary agents mean when they specify wanting “high-concept” stories? I used to work in the film biz in Los Angeles and even I don’t know what it means. Luckily, an article titled “Writer Better: the 7 Qualities of High-Concept Stories” by Jeff Lyons is here to educate.
This is the list, but I suggest digging into the article for greater understanding. Interestingly, he says that you don’t have to hit every point to still “qualify.” Check it out.
- High level of entertainment value
- High degree of originality
- Born from a “what if” question
- Highly visual
- Clear emotional focus
- Inclusion of some truly unique element
- Mass audience appeal (to a broad general audience, or a large niche market).
© 2015 Ray Rhamey