The other night, I was trying to get my beautiful niece to go to bed. In order to keep herself awake, she would walk up to me and say, “Let me tell you a story.” I would say every time, “You have to go to sleep.” Her answer would be, “I just want to tell you a story.” She would emphasize each word with her hands as if that would get the point across. So, eventually I relented and said, “Tell me a story.”
“The chair is broken, and the boys (what she calls her dad and my dad, her Boompa) have to fix it when they get home.” This was her story. And really, the electric recliner did get stuck. No worries, her daddy did indeed fix the chair it.
But, all of her stories tend to be one liners. Short and sweet and to the point. And they always told in order to get out of trouble or keep from falling asleep.
This got me to thinking about my writing and taglines. Seriously, anything will lead me to the topic of writing. I’ve been trying to come up with a tagline for my novel, Read Me Dead. Condensing my story to one, short sentence and trying to catch the attention of future readers is hard. Very hard, and I guess I’m over-thinking it which I tend to do.
For Piercing Through the Darkness, I had come up with “The memory’s on the edge of her mind, like a word on the tip of her tongue.”
It may not be all that catchy in essence, but I really like it and think it sums up the whole of the book. But with Read Me Dead, I’m having a harder time coming up with something. Piercing Through the Darkness’ tagline just came to me. I’m still waiting for Read Me Dead’s to come to me.
How do you come about writing a tagline that sums up the entirety of your novel? No seriously. How?
I came up with this, “As she follows her heart, the murderer follows her. Normal is out of the question. She’s now in a race to save her life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice,” but it’s hardly a tagline. It will probably work best at the end of a blurb.
I keep thinking about what my story is about. What makes my story the story it is? But what makes my story the story it is, is difficult for me to sum up in one catchy sentence! (See, I always run around in circles with my logic. Again, over-thinking.)
Ah, well. I suppose that I will try to continue to work on this and hopefully I’ll have something before the April release.*
What are your tips for a catchy tagline?
*Coming soon: Cover reveal and official blurb for Read Me Dead! Yay!