As most of you know, I'm deep into writing the second Robinsons novel, The Robinsons' Quantum Entanglement. I needed a bit of a break so I decided to write the "pitch" for that story. The pitch is what you might send to a prospective agent or publisher, and often finds its way in one form or other onto the inside flap or the back of the book.
This is harder than it might seem, because I need to take everything that I know happens and condense it down to the most interesting tidbits, without giving too much away, and then describe those events in the most exciting way possible while also being very concise.
After a while of working on that my brain hurt, so I decided to take a break from that by re-writing the pitch for The Robinsons' Dark Matter . I know, it is probably not healthy that all my breaks from writing involve more writing, but there you have it.
This may change again next week, but for the time being I'm rather excited. The old description was a little too Middle Grade. Someone said it reminded them of Goosebumps . The new description is more appropriate for YA:
Victoria Robinson was alone. She had no friends, her brother Nate thought she was a conspiracy nut, and their parents were never home. Then she stumbled across a cache of alien technology in their basement, her brother went hand-to-hand with a zombie, and their parents were kidnapped with a ballistic teleporter. Things got a little crazy after that.
The teens soon find themselves facing a mysterious enemy and forging a tenuous alliance with a top-secret government agency in a race to rescue their parents...and save the planet. Along the way they uncover pieces of their parents' past and become unwitting pawns in a dangerous and elaborate game.
Check out The Robinsons' Dark Matter on Amazon here.