Saturday, May 3, 2014

Share Your Logline

You've heard of the elevator pitch, a one or two sentence logline, that boils down your eighty thousand word manuscript into an intriguing description. The logline is helpful when submitting a manuscript, pitching to an agent or a potential reader. It is a quick way to spike interest in your novel. Below are two examples of movie loglines almost everyone will recognize.

Logline #1 A 17th Century tale of adventure on the Caribbean Sea where the roguish yet charming Captain Jack Sparrow joins forces with a young blacksmith in a gallant attempt to rescue the Governor of England's daughter and reclaim his ship.

Logline #2 A young man and woman from different social classes fall in love aboard an ill-fated voyage at sea.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean
2. Titanic

Three questions to think about as you write your logline:
1. Who is the main character and what does she want?
2. Who (villain) or what is standing in the way of the main character?
3. What makes your story unique?

Your logline needs:
1. The Protagonist
2. Their Goal
3. The Antagonist or Antagonistic force

Please feel free to share one of your loglines with us!

Victoria Roder lives in Central Wisconsin. She is the author of Action Thriller Bolt Action, Paranormal Thriller Haunting of Ingersull Penitentiary and several children's books. Please visit Victoria at


Veronica Helen Hart said...

Swimming Corpse - When Doll Reynolds decides to leave Keegan Bay Park to buy a house, she finds herself being questioned in the murder of the homeowner.Champagne Books August 2014

Silent Autumn - Taylor 8365 must find her way in an unfamiliar world to save The West from destruction. Maximilian joins her and together they venture out of the safety of The North. Champagne Books February 2015

The Reluctant Daughters Elisabeth Ackert Riis will stop at nothing, including using her own drug addicted daughter, to stop the nomination of Justin Pembroke for the presidency of the United States in 1900. Double Edge Press August 2014

Big Mike said...

Two of my favorites are:

"How far is too far?" from Final Solution

"The truth lies in the secrets of the past." From Blind Consent

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Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Ute Carbone said...

I'll confess--I don't like writing log lines. But a girl's gotta do--So here are a few of mine:

She didn't blow up the Mona Lisa and he's not really gay. from The P-Town Queen.

It will take a broken arm, a lawn littered with engine parts and a scandalous affair of her own for India Othmar to find happiness. from Afterglow

Lenora Brewer will do anything to get out of marrying the wrong man, even stow away on Anton Boudreaux's ship. from Sweet Lenora

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Unsettled times and dysfunctional families force the young lovers to rethink their values and find love between the States. From Morning After Midnight

Rita Bay said...

Dianna will be his to serve, if he can convince her to play the game - Her Teddy Bare, a risqué BDSM with a chuckle novella from Champagne.

Celia Breslin said...

San Francisco nightclub owner discovers latent powers and struggles to make peace with her vampire family, destiny and soul mate, with Team Evil in hot pursuit. -- Haven, July 2013, Champagne Books

When a naughty newbie vampire injures Carina, her mentor and protector Jonas The Executioner must punish the offender and his maker. Code Breakers beware. -- Vampire Code, October 2013, Champagne Books

Michele said...

Here's the log line for The Shrew That Tames, from Breathless Press.

What's an impoverished aristocrat to do when a beautiful heiress asks him to marry her?

Nikki said...

From Framed: When a long-lost painting shows up at Brush & Bevel, the staff learns that art is not the only thing that can be framed.

Jude Johnson said...

Save The Last Dance: For two lovers, simply getting to a ballroom competition mimics a Spartan obstacle course.

Mark said...

From DAYS OF SMOKE: A naïve Luftwaffe pilot loyal to his homeland…a young Jewish woman abused by a Storm Trooper…a battle against humanity –- can Hans Udet reconcile the acts of war and love?