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High Concept Books with Veronica Rossi

October 13, 2011

On Saturday at the California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo Branch, we were treated to a highly entertaining talk by young adult novelist Veronica Rossi, whose book, Under the Never Sky, will be released in January by HarperCollins. Her three-book-deal, which has also been optioned for a movie, is a can’t-wait-for-event!

Veronica filled us in on high concept:  it’s actually a Hollywood term which is an idea that sells itself.    As quoted from James Bonnet: ” . . . it is an intriguing idea that can be stated in a few words and is easily understood by all.” 

Basically, Veronica says, it’s a promise.  As you watch movies, can you state it in a few words?

“Date Night”    What happens when a bored married couple’s date goes very, very wrong?

“Snakes on a Plane”     The title is enough to describe it.

(Disclaimer:  Just because a movie or book is high concept, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s high quality.)

Writing Prompt: 

Describe your project within 25 words or less.  If your pitch can be short and succinct, you will have a better chance at focusing your writing, whether or not you’ve got a high concept writing idea or not. 

Next, go through your manuscript and make sure you’ve adhered to your pitch. 

How do you write a good pitch?  Veronica says, “Tell us who your hero is, what she is up against, and what is at stake.” 

Remember to add character development, suspense and a terrific voice so that your novel will be a great high concept read.


Veronica Rossi: High Concept YA Fiction Today

September 20, 2011

Do you want to write young adult fiction?  Interested in learning what the market for “high concept” is like in today’s young adult world?  Discover the secrets behind this fascinating genre from the latest local success story.   What exactly makes something high concept fiction and why are agents and editor searching for it?  How can YOU apply this technique to your own writing?

Veronica Rossi, our own California Writers Club Mt. Diablo Branch member, sold her three-book deal to HarperCollins and looks forward to seeing the movie. Little Brown is publishing the book in the UK and 23 international territories! Not many of us can say that, now can we?

She will tell us how she broke into this highly competitive market with her novel, Under the Never Sky  and share secrets of how we can do it too.

Saturday, Oct. 8th, 2011

Sign-in begins at 11:30 (come then so you can socialize/mingle/network) at Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.  At noon we eat a sumptuous buffet lunch (you HAVE to try that cheese pasta!) followed by Veronica’s enlightening talk.  $20 members, $25 nonmembers.  Reservations required by emailing Jean at

Hope to see you there!     Veronica Rossi   CWC Mt Diablo Branch