Loglines and Pitches – How to Reduce Your Book to a Sentence

SOURCE: Publishing… and Other Forms of Insanity

“When my agent asked me for loglines for my book, I had no idea what she was talking about. I pretended I understood. (FYI, ‘faking it’ is a required skill for writers.) Once I was off the phone, I immediately looked it up.

Loglines, I discovered, were a way of pitching movie ideas when a filmmaker only has a minute (or less) to pitch an idea to a producer.

In brief (no pun intended), a logline is a one- or two-sentence summary of your book’s plot.  If someone asked you, ‘What’s your book about?’ and you only had a few seconds to describe it, that would be your logline (also known as a pitch).”