I’m going to ask for some feedback now. (This could be the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . .)
One of the most important means by which writers pitch their stories is by having a ‘one sentence summary’ of the work. This is so that if we’re ever asked ‘what’s your novel about?’ by someone who counts (i.e. prospective agents, editors, publishers, other authors) we can smoothly come out with a confident and (even more importantly) engaging response. The idea is to instil said person-who-counts with a desire to read the manuscript!
With this in mind, I’ve been working on the one sentence summary for my nearly finished manuscript, Night of the Archer. Do any of the descriptions below fill you with a desire to read the (fantasy) novel? I’m taking a poll on which one is the best, so please do me a huge favour and cast your vote by commenting here. If you’re able to express the reasons for your choice, that would also be wonderful. (Please tell me also if you think they all suck . . .)
A young woman caught in a bitter blood feud teams up with an outcast swordsman to save the world.
A young exile returns to a land in crisis; if her own people don’t kill her, then the ruptured magic will.
After witnessing a falling star, a young woman finds her life spun out of control by love, rough magic and a blood feud.