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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