Those pesky one-liners that are clever subtitles on book covers have become the bane of my existence!  Take my entire book and write just one sentence about it—are you kidding me?!  I can’t even write a book with fewer than 100,000 words—well, at least, not yet—and I’m supposed to distill the story down into a few words.  I don’t think I have what it takes.

When I send email updates to family and friends, they’re the longest emails in their inboxes and I almost hear a collective groan when they see who it’s from.  My daughter suggested I write some short stories (less than 7000 words) and I cringed inside.  I can’t even begin to think that short—my brain wants to keep going—expand!  Expand!  Never delete!  Keep going forward!  More!  More!  More!

Anyway, it was four o’clock in the morning and there I was with browser windows open to infinity looking for quotes, thoughts and musings that would complement my story.  I read articles about taglines and how important they can be.  I tried looking at book covers that had taglines—searching for inspiration.  I searched poignant moments in the story, waiting for the aha! moment.  Which never came.

Souvenir Thimble of Abbotsford
Souvenir Thimble of Abbotsford

I told my daughter that it felt like I was trying to take my story—now wadded into a biiiiig ball of paper—and set it on top of a thimble.  Try to picture me giving my all to shove that ball of paper into the thimble!  Of course, that doesn’t work, so I scale the massive wad and jump up and down on it!  And that works, right?  Um…nope.  Flattened thimble.

And I’m back to square one.

Never say die!  I want to be clever, too.  I decide I need a slogan.  Like in a commercial.  Short and sweet.  And to the point.  Believe it or not, I found a slogan generator online.  Cool!  I typed in a word, clicked the button and it said, “Winter – A Class of its Own.”  Okay, try again.  “Have a break, have a summer!”  Hmmm.  After a few rounds of that, I gave up.  They sounded more like a—well, a commercial, and I realized that wasn’t the way to go.

So here I sit twenty-four hours later and I’m back where I started, trying to think of a tagline for the book.  I’m tired and my brain is fried.  As I close my laptop and shut off the light, I realize I’m faced with a desperate choice.  I’ll either have to get better at writing taglines or forget it altogether.  I think I’ll just run to the store later to buy another thimble…

2 thoughts on “Taglines…Really?

  1. Bookworm Diva

    Bwahaha love this!! Those pesky taglines can be more difficult to come up with than the story itself. Good luck thimble shopping 😉


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