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Jody Mabry asked 2 years ago

Hi.
I have a book originally written in the mid to late 90’s. The book culturally reflects those years. I am now working on improving the book. With so much change in technology and culture I wonder, as literary agents, would you tend to be more responsive to a modernized version, or would the 90’s be fine. The time is not relevant to the story. Aside from the medical advancement updates, I am thinking about such things as VCRs, corded telephone, walkmen, etc.
I’m curious what your view is.
Thank you!

1 Answers
Sarah Davies Staff answered 2 years ago

Hi Jody
I think you would find a better response to the story if you made it present-day – unless there’s a very specific reason to set it 20 years ago (which is pretty much “historical” to children and teens!).  So I think you should see it not so much as “Should I update the technology?” as about writing a story from today’s perspective. 
I hope that makes sense to you. 
Sarah