“In one moment, his life changed forever/his life was never the same/was altered beyond…”
Look, people. We all lead pretty boring lives. They change, but mostly in really subtle ways that can only be seen with the benefit of hindsight and ample time for reflection (read: many many years).
But in a book, change better happen in a moment or in a series of very rapid moments or else you, the author, are doing something very wrong and very boring.
It’s a given that a character’s life will change dramatically. It’s called plot and character development. And sort of the whole point of books.
So don’t waste time in your pitch talking about how this character will face a crisis of faith/intellect/morality etc when they get slammed in the face by a revolutionary event or once they survive the first 200 pages.
Instead talk about the event itself. The writerly mantra of show-don’t-tell applies to pitches, too. Give your reader a reason to think, ‘Oh, snap! Then what happens? Man, that character’s life is gonna go into a tailspin.’
And then, suddenly, the reader will need to find out what happens. And suddenly, your book is all that much closer to being read.
Not only will this let you squeeze more out of the short and limited blurb format, but will give the reader a specific issue, event, or mystery to gnaw on while they pick up your book and get sucked into that first chapter.
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