November 10, 2012

1st Year Celebration – Day 4

Hi everyone!

Hope you are having a fantastic Saturday. We know we are. Lynn says that it has been quite chilly for her in Vienna. The rest of us in Nevada are having much the same and we’re surprised by the fact the two places are having the same weather.

Today, we’re talking a little bit more about the blog’s history. Like why we decided to started. Lynn is an author and said she always needed help with doing log lines. This was after she had taken classes, classes and more classes. Still, she felt her log lines lacked something. She thought if she saw more log lines, she’d finally get the hang of it. She prowled the internet and realized there weren’t any blogs for log lines. Thus The Log Line Blog was born.

Log lines can sell books to agents, publishers and readers alike. Good ones stick in your minds forever while bad ones don’t stick anywhere.  What we’re tried to do here is present the log lines as the author presents them to us. We make no judgments and our only real guideline is the word count of 25 words. Sure, we have formatting guides for making it easier to post the log line, not for the log line itself. It is up to those reading the log lines to let the author know if it works or doesn’t. We’ve had authors thank us for the  helpful comments.

There are changes coming for The Log Line Blog. Some for readers, some for authors. We will be posting covers on our two Home page sidebars. Some will be returning authors, some will be new. The covers will help add some color to our blog. Authors can check the advertising page and the submissions page to be apprised of any upcoming changes. Nothing will change with the submission process, just how we can promote your book. Blame the changes in social media for the updates.

Most of the time, this blog is for readers of books of all kinds. On Wednesday’s we are starting with wisdom for authors. On those days, if we don’t have someone give us instructions on how to do a better log line, we might give out some ideas on free promotion for our books. All in all, The Log Line Blog will still be the place to be for information about books to read and suggestions for authors.

Here’s a few more statistics for you before we get to the questions for today. Our stats haven’t been as good as we would have liked for such an awesome prize. Please make sure you share this will all your friends via Twitter, Facebook and Yahoo. We’ve had a couple hundred of looky-lou’s to see what it’s all about but we only have a total of 41 comments. We want a lot more if please, please share! It does look like we’ll be making our yearly goal of 36K people stopping by and checking out the blog this year. Yeah, us! We love visitors, we love sharing and we love giving out prizes when and where we can.

The fact remains that we can’t do anything without you, the ones who drop by to see what’s new, the ones who follow us and the ones who check out the books. We are grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We enjoy hearing from you...and talking to you...yes, we’re going to be answering blog posts later today. Or at least Lynn will...we’re the background people...J.

Here’s the questions for today:

1) What is the one guideline we have for doing a log line?

2) How many entries do we have for the prizes so far? (Hint: the answer is in the paragraph below.)

Again, here’s the information on the 1st Year’s Celebration prizes: Our grand prize will be a Kindle Fire HD along with 4 $20 gift certificates. You MUST comment today or on one of these days (November 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th and 12th) to enter the yearly contest. Only comments from these days will be counted toward the grand prize. All prizes will be drawn randomly, so the more you enter, the more chances you have. Now, your comments need to be more than one word comments. We’ll give you a series of questions to answer each day. No, none of them will be hard and all the answers will be in the content of that day’s blog. Once you’ve answered the questions for the day, please come back and tell us what you think of the blog, it’s growth and what you hope to see us do in the future. See...right there are 4 entries if you answer all those questions in separate comments. The questions of the day do need to be answered in one comment please as they are the ones that will qualify you for the contest. These comments will NOT be counted toward the monthly contest, ONLY for the 1st year celebration contest.

Have a great day everyone! See you on Monday...


  1. 1. The only real guideline is the word count of 25 words.

    2. There are 4 entries.

  2. Answers:
    1. Log lines must be no longer than 25 words.
    2. 4 entries

  3. I agree about the importance of log lines - and the difficulty of creating memorable ones. Reading other authors' log lines can be so helpful in showing the very best kind of log lines i.e. those will attract new readers.

  4. What Paula said.


    I'm not here to win a prize but to thank you for all the promo you've given to four of my books (one, FIRE & SILK, is currently being featured). I wish you much success.

  5. Answers: Log lines must be 25 words or less and there are 4 entries (but I'm not counting mine!).

    I also wanted to add that I've found log lines to be useful not just for agents and publishers but as a published author I get the question "What's your novel about?" all the time and no one wants a long answer--probably not longer than 25 words!

  6. 1) What is the one guideline we have for doing a log line? The only real guideline is the word count of 25 words.

    2) How many entries do we have for the prizes so far? 4 entries so far


  7. 1. only real guideline is the word count of 25 words.

    2. there are 4 entries


  8. 1. word count of 25 words
    2. 4 entries so far

    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  9. It's been quite the year!

    1. A 25-word guideline is the only one you really have
    2. We can earn up to 4 entries with our answers, but I think there have been 41 comments (entries?) so far... maybe I misunderstood the question?

    f dot chen at comcast dot net