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YA Logline/Comp Contest Winner!

giveaway-winnersHappy Friday, everyone! As you know, we hosted a YA Comp Contest this week, which concluded Wednesday night. We had some great entries, and I would like to thank everyone who participated. However, there can only be one winner. After careful consideration, the winner of this comp contest is (drumroll, please)…S.P Bowers! Here’s her winning entry:

“When commoner Raisa is chosen to wed the crown prince, she thinks her worst problem will be learning to curtsey—until she awakens an ancient and vengeful river elemental that begins a war her country is too weak to win.

RIVER SPELL, like THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, shows one girl’s struggle not only against supernatural powers, but against peoples’ perceptions of who she is.”

I chose S.P’s entry for a few reasons. First, her logline is powerful and intriguing. She tells us the main draw for the story, but without giving too much away. It makes you want to know more about it, and that’s exactly how you want your reader to feel. Having armed us with that basic knowledge of her novel, she brings us to her comp. Though her comparison is to another fantasy novel, she focuses on the similarities between the protagonists—a good tactic. By comparing her story to another fantasy, she gives us an idea of what her story will be like without having to say much on that point, all the while driving home the true heart of the story: the protagonist’s need to prove herself.

So, congratulations to S.P. Bowers for winning this YA Comp Contest! She’ll be receiving an advance reader copy of Carl Hiassen’s YA book SKINK NO SURRENDER, which will hit bookstores September 23rd, and Cheryl Klein’s SECOND SIGHT: AN EDITOR’S TALKS ON WRITING, REVISING & PUBLISHING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS.

0Tara Slagle is Linda Epstein‘s intern and is working toward her M.S. in Publishing at Pace University. After completing her degree she would like to work in the publishing world as either an acquisitions editor or literary agent, focusing on YA and (the emerging) New Adult titles. This was her last blogpost as intern.



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Inside Scoop: Dish from a Literary Agent Intern… and the winner is!

8025427_1First, 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!

0Tara 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. 

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