Today I wish to share a tip with you from one of the many classes #MFRW has taught us.

A Logline {AKA the Elevator pitch} is basically a one, or two sentence {25-30 words or less} sale for your book.

It must include: Goal, Motivation, Conflict, no character names, and add punch to the prose.

Here is my 24 word logline for Dangerous Temptation.

Thrust into a foreign world, a teenage girl falls in love with a were-tiger, who must keep his people’s secret, no matter the cost.

It covers GMC, gives the genres, and leaves readers wanting to know more. This is a basic example, though. I’m still working to make it really shine.

The idea behind the Logline is to help you, the author, narrow down the key elements in your novel. The punch {or kick} added to the prose, is what help set your novel apart from all the others in it’s genre.

So, let’s break this down by key elements.

Goal: What is your character’s main goal throughout the novel? {if you have more than one main character, do this for both of them.}

Motivation: What drives your character toward their goal? {We want the main motivation.}

Conflict: What keeps your character from reaching their goal? {We want the main conflict. This usually ties into what your theme is.}

Figure out those elements and put them together. Next, we trim the word flab. How can you tighten those three sentences into one, of 25-30 words or less?

It’s tough, and a lot of hard work. But, if you keep practicing, and are ruthless with the trimming, you can do it.

It helps to have a group discussion where you all work on trimming each others words down, while keeping the GMC and genres in mind. GMC is the first key, trimming is the second.

If you insist on trying this alone… good luck.

Once you have your logline ready, there is a fabulous blog created just for loglines. Click the link to see mine and get a feel for how it works. You can find some awesome tips there on how to formulate a logline too.

So, what do you all think about our first Marketing Monday lesson? Makes you think outside the box, huh?

Any questions? Feel free to ask them here. :)

P.S. This post appears in an editors and  writers collaboration here.

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About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

14 responses »

  1. Gerri Bowen says:

    You have a good grip on this subject, Kitty. :)

  2. Thank you for this great advice and for the link to the Log Line Blog (where there are some other great tips). I am about to do some serious editing of my first draft of a YA novel and it has really helped me focus on the essence of the story, particularly distinguishing between goal and motivation (both are currently ‘do not get killed’!). I think my logline needs some work but this is where I’m at so far:

    “To prevent her own death, and the destruction of her world, a teenage girl must first find out who or what is trying to kill her.” [26 words]

  3. very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

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  6. Great advice as usual, Kitty. This is good practice to help writers give their work much-needed focus.

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