Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Laura Drake, @PBRWriter

I love loglines. There’s no better feeling than pulling together words that capture the spirit of your book in a perfect, compelling way. I teach a submissions class for the LawsonWriter’s Academy and find that loglines are a major source of stress for my students.

Have you ever noticed that loglines are only fun to come up with when they’re NOT yours?

There’s a reason for that.

But first, there’s some confusion about taglinesvs loglines, so let’s start there.
  • A tagline is a catchy ‘movie poster’ phrase.
  • A logline is a 25 word synopsis of your book.

Examples illustrate the difference clearly:

Jaws –

Tagline – Don’t go in the water.

Logline – After a series of grisly shark attacks, a sheriff struggles to protect his small beach community against the bloodthirsty monster, in spite of the greedy chamber of commerce. (from J.Gideon Sarentinos)

So WHY is it so hard to write loglines for your own books? You’re too close to it. A logline is a concise, yet sweeping portrayal of your novel’s genre, conflict, characters and emotion. Did I mention in 25 words? Yeah, no problem.

There are formulas to come up with loglines:

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. 7 Simple Steps to Getting Your Book Reviewed by Paula Krapf - Marketing Tips For Authors http://ow.ly/xg1Xt  
  2. 6 Things Your Website Should Tell Book Reviewers About You (and Your Book) - Author Marketing Experts, Inc. http://ow.ly/xg24g  
  3. Working a Paranormal Element into Mysteries | Elizabeth Spann Craig http://ow.ly/xg28n  
  4. Fiction University: Guest Author Jodie Renner: Appeal to the Senses—and Emotions http://ow.ly/xg2eD
  5. Fiction University: Guest Author Jodie Renner: Appeal to the Senses—and Emotions http://ow.ly/xg2eD
  6. Promoting Your New Book with Promo Websites | Silas Payton http://ow.ly/xg2rW
  7. Conquering Editing Ennui: How to Break Out of the Slump and Finish Your Book – Kobo Writing Life http://ow.ly/xg2Cr
  8. A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Tend Your Garden http://ow.ly/xg2Ex
  9. 4 Danger Signs To Search For, Before Sending Off Your Novel http://ow.ly/xg2Jz
  10. Seriously, What's So Bad About Adverbs? http://ow.ly/xg2Op
  11. The Focus Drought  — Medium http://ow.ly/xg2Yq How we lose it and how to get it back!
  12. Let Me Explain to You a Thing: Epilogues can be great, but they can also ruin a story. http://ow.ly/xg34f
  13. 7 secrets about editors every freelance writer should know | WordCount http://ow.ly/xg3Mp
  14. Tips for Writing a Fiction Series|How to Write Novels | WritingNovelsThatSell.com http://ow.ly/xg3SA
  15. New Howey Report: Self-Published eBook Authors May Out-Earn The Rest By 27% | Thought Catalog http://ow.ly/xg3WS
  16. Is there a “best day” to buy books, or promote books, in the Kindle Store? | BookGorilla Blog http://ow.ly/xg4dx
  17. » 3 Things to Know About Exposition & Telling | A. Victoria Mixon, Editor http://ow.ly/xg4XM
  18. The No-Stress Way To Create Your Story’s Logline | Writers In The Storm Blog http://ow.ly/xg55A
  19. Writing Lessons from the BBQ Pit - Storyfix.com http://ow.ly/xg9XD @storyfix
  20. Clancy Tucker's Blog: 27 May 2014 - BULLYING of AUTHORS http://ow.ly/xgGda
Happy writing and running, Kathy 

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