When a sentence is worth a thousand words

Can you sum up your story in one sentence?

For the longest time I DREADED being asked this. How could I possibly sum up such a complicated story with so many plot twists?

The only way is with practice, of course. So that is why I’ve spent most of this week writing a one-sentence description for my stories. It’s been challenging but it’s also been loads of fun.

I knew a one-sentence description was important but I just didn’t know how important. If I can’t grab an editor or publisher’s attention with that one sentence then I’m almost guaranteed they won’t read my pitch/synopsis.

In a way it’s like writing a movie tag line or a Logline. Same attention grabbing concept.

Below are some examples of a one-sentence description for my series The Deciders.

Twin God Killers, caught in the battle between men and gods, must fight for their lives and their future.

In a future dominated by men and ruled by technology, not even God is safe.

God IS DEAD!

Ok that last one was more of a tag line but I think still counts as a one-sentence description. Don’t you?

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