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Tell Me Three Things (About Your Book)
Written by
Kamy Wicoff
January 2019
Written by
Kamy Wicoff
January 2019

In the first post I wrote for my author website blog, I decided to tell readers three things about three of the main themes in my book; first a quote from the book itself, then two more things on the same subject that are more general, link-tastic fun. (If you want to check out the format I used for potentially writing about your own book on your author site, you can read the post here.) My inspiration came from a dinner time ritual I have with my boys, where we go around the table and each tell one another three things from our day.

This led to me wonder: if I could only tell people three things about my book, using just a few sentences for each, what would they be? I found this exercise very helpful in the process of perfecting the famous--or infamous--elevator pitch. With the elevator pitch also in mind, I carefully ordered my three things as well. What would I tell someone if I only could tell them one thing about my book? Two things? Three? 

Here's what I came up with:

Thing One: What is it about?

A divorced mother of two gets a time travel app on her phone that lets her be in more than one place at the same time.

Thing Two: What was your inspiration? 

I was reading the Harry Potter books with my older son, devouring them with delight, when I thought, "I wish there were a book like this for moms!" And then I thought, if I could give myself, in my modern life, one power, what would it be? Presto: the idea for Wishful Thinking was born.

Things Three: Who is your ideal audience? 

(Hint: Don't say "everyone!") Thoughtful moms, busy parents, smartphone addicts.

Are you ready to take the Three Things challenge for your book or other writing project? Answer these in as many words as I did, OR FEWER. I was most self-indulgent on the topic of inspiration (55 words), most economical when it came to audience. But my "What is it about?" answer is tweetable, and in an ideal world all three of your answers will be too. In order to impose some discipline here, and really get the MOST out of this exercise, hear this! If you answer any of the three questions in more than 60 words, I WILL DELETE YOUR COMMENT! That's my version of tough love. Embrace it, it's good for you.

I also just found that #threethings is available on Twitter. So ideally, get your answer to each of these questions into a tweet that can include that hashtag, and She Writes will retweet and share all day today on Twitter. I've already posted mine so follow me and you can see how I did it. 

Finally, I'd be falling down in my writerly duties if I didn't remind everyone that there's ONE DAY LEFT to subscribe to my author newsletter if you want your name thrown into the hat for getting one of the last two galleys I have for Wishful Thinking. So consider yourself reminded. I'd love to inscribe one of them to you!


* This post was originally published in April 2015.

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