Logline Wrap Up

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Wow, a big thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s Logline Critique – both the critiquees (I told you it’s a word now) who were brave enough to put their work out there, and all the critiquers who came by to lend their expertise!

I feel like I learned a lot from critiquing your loglines and reading what others thought, and I can’t wait for some of those stories to hit the shelves. Good luck to all of you entering the ON THE BLOCK Contest in two weeks on MSFV – I’ll definitely be stopping by to see how your loglines fared.

On the personal side of things, I was hoping to have news to share with you guys today, but as it goes in publishing, I’m going to have to wait. Stay tuned to this blog (or my Twitter: @K_Callard) for a special announcement as soon as I’m allowed to make it.

Until then, Happy Writing!


Logline Critique Rules

I know, I know, nobody likes rules, so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.

  1. If you have a logline up for critique, spread the love: please critique at least 5 other loglines.
  2. Please use a name to critique. It can be a screen name, but it gets discouraging and confusing to read a dozen Anonymous comments.
  3. Please give constructive criticism and be respectful. If a logline catches your attention, try to point out why (exciting stakes, interesting story, etc). If a logline doesn’t work for you, again, explain why (don’t know the stakes, don’t understand the plot, etc).
  4. Critiquees (it’s a word now) – please do not respond to the critiques unless you are asked a specific question.
  5. Have fun and learn! I find critiques are the one of the best ways to learn what works and what doesn’t.

Ok, I think that’s it for rules.

Just one more note for everyone: I’ve done my best to loosen up my comment protection, but I’m not sure if I still need to approve your first comments. I’ll be staying pretty close to the computer, but I can’t promise I’ll be there all day (I am on vacation :D). If a few hours have gone by and your comments aren’t appearing, use the Contact Me form to send me a head’s up or Tweet at me. Same thing if you notice someone spamming the comments, or doing anything else not fun. I’ll do my best to take care of it ASAP (as soon as I’m done eating, sleeping, or whatever else has pulled me away).

Go forth and critique!

P.S. A thousand apologies if you subscribe to this blog and just got 42 emails. I can’t seem to figure out how to fix that.

Logline Critique 40


YA Adventure Fantasy

When seventeen-year-old Tess is plunged into an elemental war she embarks on a race across the globe with a group of unlikely allies. She must learn to harness her new abilities to save the boy she loves and prevent a brutal fire-starter from unleashing a catastrophic and deadly natural disaster.

Logline Critique 38

Title: The Relic Heir

MG Fantasy Adventure

When Kyle inherits a magical relic on his fourteenth birthday, he’s sucked into an ancestral curse cast by the ruthless Russian witch, Baba Yaga. Faced with his family’s violent past, his father’s “suicide” and fatal flirtations with a foreign female fraternity, Kyle must find a way to restore his fractured family before he–and they–never have a future.

Logline Critique 37

Title: The Disappearance of Sloane Stevens

YA Contemporary

The only thing seventeen-year-old Sloane Stevens wants after nearly eight years on the run is to finally be released from witness protection. But when she runs into someone from her past on her first day as Sloane–her last first day ever–she has a choice: disappear before her cover’s blown and risk her imminent release, or stay and risk being found by the people who’ve been looking for her.