Is there any forum for / opportunity to share novel ideas, prior to writing them?
I have three ideas that I am playing about with, and I would love to get some industry feedback. It is possible that a similar book has been written, or the topic doesn’t have a large enough platform, and I would hate to find this out after investing a year in the writing. A forum where writers could pitch their story ideas – not for representation or sale, but to get a feel for viability – would be an excellent resource for writers and agents alike. I am sure if anyone knows about the existence of something like this, it would be you.
I don’t know of any such forum, and while it’s not a bad idea, I think you’d have a difficult time getting both authors and industry pros to participate.
My guess is that authors would be hesitant to participate because an idea is just an idea, and the fear of idea theft would be huge.
My guess is that industry pros would be hesitant because an idea is great, but it’s the execution that makes all the difference. Take a look at published books, and let’s use vampires as an example. There are hundreds of romances written featuring vampires, but it’s the execution of the story that makes all the difference when it comes to grabbing readers.
Unfortunately there are no shortcuts in this business. You can use your writing group as a sounding board for your ideas, but ultimately you need to sit down and execute the book and then see if it works.