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    RichardB
    "RichardB" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    Yeah, I really struggle with this too. When asked what my book’s about I get as far as ‘It’s a ghost story’ and then dry up. At the Getting Published Day we were given two minutes to come up with an elevator pitch. After two minutes I had a ...
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    EmmaD
    "EmmaD" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    Thanks for those kind words about the blog, Stoked. Glad it's useful. I do hugely agree that there's NO point in forcing an elevator pitch out of yourself till you've finished a draft that feels fairly much how you think the book will end up. (And ...
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    Gerry
    "Gerry" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    Oh, and the Black Horse Alumni - I like that pitch. The brevity does make it stand out, and it's a good title (slightly reminds me of Ian Rankin's 'Saints of the Shadow Bible')
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    Gerry
    "Gerry" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    'Alicia Davies wakes up in a forest made of crystal with a strange voice in her head' I like that bit (2 features of interest). 'has to find her way home before the evil sorceress Sirene has a chance to kill her' - that's probably the bit that Mr ...
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    John Taylor
    "John Taylor" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    CJ, notice the word 'homework' in my previous post. Anything that reduces the experience of the book is painful. Anything that tries to tie me down to a structure is painful. And don't even mention synopses! But if we are not intent on writing for ...
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    CJ
    "CJ" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    I hate these things. I've done the one line pitch thing - an American agent asked for tweets pitching your book in 3 tweets or less. I did it in 2 (which he preferred - the shorter the better, he said): "Alicia Davies wakes up in a forest made of ...
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    Jan
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    Squidge
    Squidge commented on Ada's wall:
    Hi Ada! It's a bit confusing at first, isn't it?! As a rule of thumb, you can comment on 'The Wall', which everyone will see. If you want to reply to a specific person, click on their name and it will take you to their wall... but you can also reply ...
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    John Taylor
    "John Taylor" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    The late Blake Snyder's book on screenwriting, 'Save the Cat' has a brilliant way of thinking about the one-liner. Imagine you are with a bunch of friends planning a night at the movies. You have the movie guide in your hand, and you're all fed up ...
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    Ada
    Ada commented on Ada's wall:
    Am floundering about here with all these different places to make comments: "Your Status", "The Wall" -- which ONE?, "Blogs"….. seems I write something thinking it is in reply to AlanP, or possibly on the ubiquitous "WALL" to say hi to an ...
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    Old Fat Prop
    "Old Fat Prop" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    Fascinating and entertaining blog. I wanted to read the books Emma blurbed and the. I realized that I probably have already. I think it should be a bit of a piss take but I probably think that about everything so maybe not such a good idea. A ...
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    Stoked
    "Stoked" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    @AlanP- I agree, 100%. I want to grab them by the balls with that one sentence. And, have them want more. (heeheehee) I don't want to just settle for some vague blah that kinda sounds like ten others that just crossed the guys desk. Like you said ...
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    AlanP
    "AlanP" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    I think that the brief summary (elevator pitch) is a tedious necessity because you need it to get the attention of a publisher/agent. Simply because they get so much to look at their attention span is teensy. To get them to apply proper attention ...
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    Stoked
    "Stoked" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    @bd- I like that. I want to read your book. I am completely twitter illiterate. I don't have a smart-phone, so I can only get online through my almost obsolete full standing PC. We live cheap, lol. @EmmaD- I am accepting slowly but surely. I don't ...
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    EmmaD
    "EmmaD" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    I think the thing is, the elevator pitch doesn't have to make it sound amazingly original. Actually, it probably can't - (only seven basic plots, after all, or twenty, or whatever) - so we're all going to have to get over that . What the pitch is ...
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    bdcharles
    "bdcharles" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    In my opinion, the most passable synopses come when you're feeling enthused about your work - maybe not doing it so much, but having it be a thing that you want to tell the world about. Then you may find you just blab out the salient points at ...
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    Stoked
    "Stoked" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    Thanks, Gerry. I've heard or read most of what she's teaching in several other books and/or blogs. I think part of my problem is that it all starts to sound very dull and uninteresting. I know of several other books that could be described exactly ...
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    Stoked
    "Stoked" commented on bdcharles's Blog "Writing as a Tool".
    @bd - "To me, that's alot of the joy of writing; selecting, constructing, copying, or just conjuring up just the sequence of words for doing what I want them to in terms of sound, of sight, of position and meaning." I feel the same way. I like to ...
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    Gerry
    "Gerry" commented on Stoked's Blog "One Line! Are you 'F'ing Serious?".
    This link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbfGS9xLm0I will take you to a YouTube video, How to Pitch to Agents and Editors at Conferences by Writer's Coach Teresa Funke, in which she discusses the Elevator Pitch and gives an example of how a ...
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    Stoked
    "Stoked" commented on Jody Klaire (JK)'s Blog "The Publication Sprint".
    Congrats, on all of your great successes and those to come!
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    Stoked
    Stoked commented on Stoked's wall:
    You may have seen it already... It just something fun to mess around with. The periodic table for writers. http://designthroughstorytelling.net/periodic/
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