What is High Concept?

What is High Concept? Recently I asked my followers on Facebook what question I should answer in my next “vlog,” and the overwhelming response was “What is High Concept?” Here’s my three-minute response,with a written recap below. High concept is primarily a term used in pitching movies but these days, we find it a helpful shorthand to describe a certain kind of book. When an agent says they want high concept, they’re looking for an idea that can be captured in just a title and a brief, pithy tagline—and from that brief description, will immediately attract interest. A high-concept pitch has inherent appeal – just from the one line description. The idea itself has immediate sizzle when someone hears it. Some genres almost have to be high concept to sell –such as...
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