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Loglines and Pitches – How to Reduce Your Book to a Sentence…

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by Erica Verrillo  on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

When my agent asked me for loglines for my book, I had no idea what she was talking about. I pretended I understood. (FYI, “faking it” is a required skill for writers.) Once I was off the phone, I immediately looked it up.

Loglines, I discovered, were a way of pitching movie ideas when a filmmaker only has a minute (or less) to pitch an idea to a producer.

In brief (no pun intended), a logline is a one- or two-sentence summary of your book’s plot.  If someone asked you, “What’s your book about?” and you only had a few seconds to describe it, that would be your logline (also known as a pitch).

Loglines are becoming increasingly important in the age of Twitter. Agents have realized that reading a tweet takes less time than reading a query. As a…

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Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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