To enter, post a comment below by midnight EDT on Friday, April 15th with the following info:
What's an awesome line, you ask? Imagine your book becomes a movie--what will be written on the poster? What single sentence should be in big letters on the back cover of your book?
"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water."
There's a lot of great advice out there about how to write a logline.
"I KNOW what you're thinking."
"I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."
Competent loglines give an overall sense of the story, like:
"A young man and woman from different social classes fall in love aboard an ill-fated voyage at sea."
"A journey of self-discovery by a brilliant mathematician once he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He eventually triumphs over tragedy and receives the Nobel Prize."
But awesome lines give a FLAVOR of the narrative voice with humor, dark foreshadowing, a hint of danger, etc.
"Love at Second Sight."
Sometimes it's simply a line of the dialogue that really gives this sense.
"Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming?"
"You talkin' to me?"
"I’d be super-pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this craphole."
So, what single sentence really sells the reader on your book? THAT'S your awesome line. Put it here. After the deadline, I'll set up a poll and we'll put it to a vote starting on Monday, April 18th.
And hey, if you need inspiration, you can always use the random logline generator. My personal favorite:
"A prostitute and a pack of polygamist ventriloquists teach everyone a valuable lesson on a subway train."