Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Log lines? Tag lines? One sentence pitches?


So I'm attending my first ever writer's conference this month (Write! Canada in Guelph, Ontario) and I'm working myself into a nervous frenzy with log lines, tag lines, and one sentence pitches.

I'll be honest with you. I'm not sure I understand the subtle differences between the three. I've worked on this manuscript for almost two years, but I could really use another year to figure out how to pitch the thing.

Here's what I do know. They're supposed to be under twenty words (or as close to that as you can make it). They need to make someone want to hear more about your story. They are helpful to use when pitching your novel or when querying publishers and agents. They are not the same thing as an elevator pitch.

These are my contenders so far:

1. A struggling Hamptons innkeeper guards her business, her son, and her secrets when an ex-con from her past arrives seeking redemption.

2. The owner of a struggling Hamptons inn protects her business, her son, and her secrets when her ex-convict husband returns.

3. A struggling Hamptons innkeeper guards her business, her son, and her secrets when her ex-convict husband returns seeking redemption.

Anyone want to help a sister out? Chime in and let me know which is your favorite, or I'm open to suggestions.

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