We've been pretty lucky throughout this whole process to work with publishers who value author feedback. From jump, our editor wanted our thoughts on marketing stuff and in 2011, we received an email asking us if we had any ideas for tag lines for the series. Something punchy that sums up the premise and might convince a potential reader to pick up the book.
In the end, we came up with "Graduate, or die trying." While it didn't make it onto Books 2-4, you'll see it front in center on your copy of THE LONERS. It's a pretty solid tag line, but here are some of the rejected ideas (and you'll see why):
Can you survive high school?
Can you get out of high school alive?
High school just got worse
Fit in or die
Learn to survive
Learn to live
Learn, the hard way
If you fail here, you die.
If you flunk here, you die.
Hit the books
No more teachers, no more rules
Have you got what it takes to graduate?
It's gonna take a lot more than grades to graduate.
The book no adult wants you to read
It's a jungle in there.
Every day is a sick day
You're the disease
Hahahahahahaha. Fight school?! Oh, brother. If you have a funny tagline for THE LONERS, tweet it to us @lexthomasauthor and we'll re-tweet.
Even better -- Got a great tag line idea for THE GIANT? Check out the synopsis and tweet your idea using #quarantinethegiant