First, I’d like to thank everyone who entered the logline contest last week! After careful consideration, the winner of this contest—and winner of a copy of Veronica Roth’s Divergent—is Rae! Here’s her captivating logline:
“How to lose a guy—and destroy his kingdom—in five days: commit treason, incite an uproar, and reject the king’s marriage proposal at the tip of a sword. Madness, opulence, and intrigue collide when a bipolar heroine returns home to seek revenge in a medieval version of GONE GIRL.”
I chose Rae’s logline because of its effectiveness—doesn’t it just make you want to read the whole novel right this second? As I discussed in my first post, a logline should hook the reader and make them want to read more, and her logline does exactly that. She uses vivid language and focuses on the most exciting parts of the story. And comparing this story to an action-packed, bestselling novel certainly doesn’t hurt. Her logline also follows the important criteria of being only a sentence or two long, and summarizing the main plot points while not giving away the ending.
While we had some great submissions, not all of them were true loglines. Remember, you want your loglines to be enticing and concise. No giving away the ending or attending to unessential details. I can certainly sympathize with those of you who had a hard time narrowing your stories down to only the most important aspects, but sometimes you just have to hack away at all those extra details in order to get to the root of your story. Keep working at it, and you’ll eventually come up with your very own beautifully crafted logline.
Thanks again for your participation, and congratulations to Rae!
Tara Slagle is Linda Epstein‘s current intern. Tara is working toward her M.S. in Publishing at Pace University. After completing her degree she plans to work in the publishing world as either an acquisitions editor or literary agent, focusing on YA and (the emerging) New Adult titles.