I’ve got a new candidate. This one looks promising (it actually sounds really cool, I want to read it). Let’s see what I can get out of it.
Magician's Daughter by H. G. Parry
Genre: Fairytale fantasy, coming of age fiction
In the early 1900s, a young woman is caught between two worlds in H. G. Parry’s cozy tale of magic, miracles, and an adventure of a lifetime.
Off the coast of Ireland sits a legendary island hidden by magic. A place of ruins and ancient trees, sea salt air, and fairy lore, Hy-Brasil is the only home Biddy has ever known. Washed up on its shore as a baby, Biddy lives a quiet life with her guardian, the mercurial magician Rowan. A life she finds increasingly stifling.
One night, Rowan fails to return from his mysterious travels. To find him, Biddy must venture into the outside world for the first time. But Rowan has powerful enemies—forces who have hoarded the world’s magic and have set their sights on the magician’s many secrets.
Biddy may be the key to stopping them. Yet the closer she gets to answers, the more she questions everything she’s ever believed about Rowan, her past, and the nature of magic itself.
Tagline: In a TIME PERIOD/SETTING, CHARACTER TROPE is caught between two worlds in a ADJECTIVE tale of THEMES.
SETTING COOL FACTOR is the only home CHARACTER knows. Glimpse of BACKSTORY (hints that it’s not the whole truth). CHARACTER lives in STATUS QUO and longs for a change.
When INCITING INCIDENT happens, CHARACTER must venture outside of the SETTING for the first time. CHARACTER is up against ANTAGONISTIC FORCES.
CHARACTER is the key to stopping the ANTAGONIST, but as they learn answers to their BACKSTORY, the more they question STATUS QUO.
TIME PERIOD/SETTING (short description):
SETTING COOL FACTOR (longer description):
Descriptive book ADJECTIVE:
BACKSTORY (hints that it’s not the whole truth):
I think this formula is very suitable for stories where the character discovers something about themselves. So it’s exactly what I need.
Okay, let’s have a go at it.
TIME PERIOD/SETTING (short description): Modern times. A valley town
SETTING COOL FACTOR (longer description): Eidolon Falls is a charming Adirondack town with scenic routes as beautiful as they are deadly.
CHARACTER TROPE: eighteen year old young man. Or to be specific: a psychic medium in denial of his gift.
Descriptive book ADJECTIVE: touching, emotional,
Story THEMES: grief, mental wellness, love that transcends death, self-discovery
BACKSTORY (hints that it’s not the whole truth): From a young age, Ian learned that he couldn’t admit to seeing things nobody else could if he wanted to avoid the shrink’s office.
STATUS QUO: He’s denied his gift, convinced himself that it’s all in his head. He doesn’t open up to anyone for fear of his secret getting out.
INCITING INCIDENT: Ian miraculously survives a freak accident
ANTAGONISTIC FORCES: People’s judgment, Ian’s denial and limited awareness. His fear of his own gift.
Blurb for Soul Survivor
Tagline: In a small valley town, a young man is caught in the blurring lines of reality in this emotional tale of self-discovery and love that transcends death.
Eidolon Falls is a charming Adirondack town with scenic routes as beautiful as they are deadly.
It’s scattered enough that one can live in town and be isolated, but small enough for rumors to ruin someone’s life. Ian Donovan spent his whole life avoiding being the subject of such rumors. He can’t let anyone discover he’s never outgrown having imaginary friends, so, he’s mastered the art of secrets and denial.
When Ian miraculously survives a freak accident, he can no longer avoid being the talk of the town and the philosophy that’s protected him thus far only further isolates him from real life.
He can retreat to the safety of his home and forever isolate himself from the public opinion, or face the truth head on to live a full life.
It got away from the formula at the end but it’s not bad. It helped me brainstorm a bit.
In any case, I’ve built a few blurbs by now. I’m okay with what I’ve got at the moment. The only one I still need is a pitch to use in my trailer. I tried researching trailers and I’m not seeing too much of a formula at work. Really, the best trailer pitch I saw was an excerpt from the book.