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  1. psychotick

    psychotick Dangerously confused

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    Hi,

    Just an odd question - what are your opinions on tag lines on covers? You know the subsidiary lines under the title.

    The reason I ask is that I've just got another short novel ready to go to the editor (I think she'll like it - it has that quality she looks for in all my work - fewer words!!!) And now I'm working on the cover.

    The books called (at this stage) "The Dotard" And the bad guy - though he's not completely that - is an ageing wizard whose spells are misfiring badly. And I thought I'd chuck the tag line underneath "He's Doddering, Decrepit ... and Deadly!"

    The line works with the image I'm looking at buying and the plot of the book. But I'm not sure whether people like or expect tag lines any more.

    Thoughts?

    Cheers, Greg.
     
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  2. tinkerdan

    tinkerdan candycane shrimp

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  3. Juliana

    Juliana Juliana Spink Mills. "No capes!"

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    Personally I think taglines are fun. And useful for social media type stuff, since they work as a 'teaser trailer' of sorts. But if a book doesn't have one, it really doesn't matter for me. So I'd say do what works best for you?
     
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  4. The Big Peat

    The Big Peat Darth Buddha

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    I don't think people expect them but I do think they're useful. If nothing else, a good tagline makes a great first line of a blurb.
     
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  5. AlexH

    AlexH Well-Known Member

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    As long as they're not spoilers, I'm all for them if they look good as part of the design. One of the bottom corners could be an option if they don't work under the title.
     
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  6. Amelia Faulkner

    Amelia Faulkner Well-Known Member

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    Personally I'm against them, but only because most people have this weird urge to put an entire paragraph there.

    If your tagline is about an antagonist, not the main character, I would avoid it.
     
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  7. The Big Peat

    The Big Peat Darth Buddha

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    Hah. I somehow missed that. Yes, I'm expecting the tagline to be about the main character, not the antagonist. I'd be confused.

    And surely the clue is in the name as to why it shouldn't be a whole paragraph!
     
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  8. Phyrebrat

    Phyrebrat ba-Ba-ba-brat

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    Peat mentioned recently that my story had a great tag line but I'd not even thought about it as such; it just came out in the promo vid I did for it.

    It's stayed with me. I'll use it because it sort of sums up the flavour of the story rather than the plot.

    pH
     
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  9. Amelia Faulkner

    Amelia Faulkner Well-Known Member

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    You'd think that :D
     
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  10. The Big Peat

    The Big Peat Darth Buddha

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    And that's what a tagline should be. A sentence that sums up the flavour of the story. Your one sentence pitch to catch people's interests. You stick it on the move poster, or the bottom of the front cover, or the top of the blurb... you don't need them, but I love them. They're fun, anything else apart.

    I try very hard not think right now. Its painful. But even I can comprehend that.
     
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