Elevator pitches are critically important when selling your book. Ideally, you’d answer the question, “So, what’s your book about?” with a one sentence description that gets the agent/publisher/reader interested in knowing more. Today’s guest, Karen McManus, used “It’s like the breakfast club, but with murder,” as her elevator pitch for One of Us is Lying and that’s when I knew I had to have her on the show. 

Meet Karen McManus

Karen M. McManus is a #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of young adult thrillers. Her books include the One of Us Is Lying series, which has been turned into a television show on Peacock, as well as the standalone novels Two Can Keep a Secret, The Cousins, You’ll Be the Death of Me, and Nothing More to Tell. Karen’s critically acclaimed, award-winning work has been translated into more than forty-two languages. She joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about her career and latest book, One of us is Back.


Key Topics

00:00:00 Introducing Karen McManus

00:01:15 Karen’s Journey as an Author Begins: From a Young Reader to a Frustrated Writer

00:06:32 The Importance of Persistence and Growth in Writing

00:09:26 Why Elevator Pitches are so Important

00:11:37 The Unfinished Plot: A Cut Plot Thread that Inspired a New Story

00:24:11 Finding Fulfillment in Unpaid Passion and Its Transition Into a Rewarding Career

Buy One of Us is Back

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3r9KM1C

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/54587/9780593485019


Connect With Karen

Website: https://www.karenmcmanus.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerkmc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writerkmc/



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