Saturday, June 30, 2007
YOUR WISH IS MY COMMAND
11 am and 82 degrees. I had a request to put the flap copy on my blog so here it is.
This "hook" evolved over the course of five months primarily from my editor along with my input. It was tweaked and groomed until we all felt it gave readers an idea of what they would be reading but not giving anything away.
My one sentence pitch has remained the same:
"Forrest Gump wins Powerball"
I use Forrest Gump not because my novel parallels that book -- but because the characters are both termed "Slow." It gives someone an immediate "picture" of what my novel is like.
When you can create that short pitch that is vivid and visceral -- you have what is termed a "high concept" novel.
This is why writers should spend as much time perfecting their hook or synopsis as they do writing their novel. I go back to my one page synopsis and revisit it as I am writing or editing.
Many times it is useful to have individuals who have not read your novel to read your "flap copy" or "hook."
They can give feedback whether you are clear or not.
(I am still open for contest ideas -- read previous post)