Hey there,

Hope you are well today. 🙂

I’ve spoken on here a lot about how I’m writing book three, which in itself lets you know that there’s a book one and a book two. I bang on about how I want to find an agent and how I’m going to crush the shrinking violet and “confess” to being a writer, but I’ve never really been specific, have I?

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Sara Bareilles’ song Brave, claiming it to be my favourite song at the moment, yet still I haven’t been brave myself. I hide behind the labels Books 1-3 and have told you nothing about them. That’s bit lame really.

As this is my 100th post, I thought I’d ask myself What Would Sara Bareilles Do?*

Here are my elevator pitches (single sentence sum ups) for Book 1, Book 2 and the still-to-be-completed-first-draft Book 3. They actually have titles and everything.

Candles Aren’t the Answer

A young teacher with a life-limiting phobia of the dark battles to get her life together and prevent a child she teaches growing up unable to face the world.

Hearts, Unfounded

Samantha Hamilton and Jared Edwards have very different reasons for being brutally lonely and walking away from their normal lives. Embarking on a trip that takes them from Montpelier, Vermont to Montréal and back again, they discover that what you seek in desperation might not be what you want to find.

Sins of the Mothers

Three generations of women determined that the past won’t affect the future realise they have allowed it to do just that. Can Ashley McArthur break the cycle, or will the sins of the mothers live on?

I have a few questions for you:

  • Would these elevator pitches make you want to read the books?
  • Can you give me any feedback on ways to improve the pitches?
  • If you see Sara Bareilles, will you ask her how big she thinks my brave is?**

Thank you for reading 🙂

Elle xx

*Just to be clear, I’ve no idea because I don’t know her. Maybe she’d never do this in a million years and would think I’ve lost my mind. Ho Hum. 😉

**You won’t get this unless you’ve heard the song. What’s keeping you? Go listen!

6 thoughts on “WWSBD?*

  1. Firstly, congrats on your 100th post! Lovely round number, I thoroughly approve of round numbers. I liked the pitches, I had to stick commas in the first one to understand it properly! But i liked the melancholy and edginess of them. My faves were 2,1,3 in that order. Mainly because I felt I could relate to no 2 the most and found the mystery element most intriguing : ) But they all have merit.

    I’ve always wondered what you had up your sleeve as a fiction writer and am so glad you’ve put yourself out there to let us have a peek! Well done, it is scary, I remember what it was like, I’ve not forgotten. Writing is such a personal thing and i’m amazed you’ve quietly penned this many books already, blimey woman! xx


    • Thank you so much, Yasmin, and thank you for such a thoughtful comment. I’m still on my first draft of book three, but the support of my lovely online buddies is all I need to keep going! 🙂 xx


  2. Elle I love this! What a way to celebrate your 100th post! I’m glad that you’ve shared a little about your fiction, as I’ve often wondered what was behind the enigmatic titles Book 1, 2, and 3.

    There’s something about the first one that really struck a chord with me. Actually, the second did too. I’d definitely pick up those two right now. The third one I found a little ambiguous–I wonder if you might really hook a potential reader if you share a little more? I know it’s only an elevator pitch, but could you maybe hint at what happened in the past to make Ashley want to break the cycle? Just my thoughts, but I think the third jumped out at me less because it’s less specific than the other pitches. I hope that makes sense!

    (I’ve just listened to the song…and I think Sara would think your brave is pretty big! :-D)


    • Thank you so much, Stacey! Your comment is really helpful. I’m at the first draft stage with book three and I’ve been having some struggles. Maybe if I work on the pitch more so it’s clearer some of the other issues will start to fall into place too.
      Thank you for such a thoughtful comment and for your kind words about books 1&2. I’m glad I was brave now! 🙂 xx


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