We're working on a tag line for Imaginary Jesus (coming to bookstores near you in April 2010). Basically, in this contest I'm asking you to throw out your best ideas for a tag line. I'm looking for something clever and catchy that sort of sums up everything about the book. You can see a basic "back of the book" type description here. Here are some thoughts by someone about tag lines in general. I'm looking for a quick phrase that is humorous and sharpens the reader's expectation beyond what the title implies. A few examples:
Imaginary Jesus: Real as a Unicorn
Imaginary Jesus: The best friend you never knew you had.
Imaginary Jesus: The best friend you never knew you had.
Or preferably something better than those.
1) Enter by posting your tag line idea in the comments section of this post. Post as many as you like.
2) I'll need some way to get ahold of you if you win. So anonymous, contact-less entries won't get a prize even if they win. YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A BLOGGER ACCOUNT TO LEAVE A COMMENT! And if you want to send me your contact info, post your comment and then write me at matt.mikalatos(at)gmail.com.
3) It has to be original and it has to be yours. So taglines like "In space no one can hear you scream" or "Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is!" don't count. I guess you can post them just to be funny though, you sick, sick people.
4) Deadline for entries is July 17th, because that's my birthday and because I say so.
5) No whining if it takes a while to announce a winner, because I'm learning that the publishing world spins a little slower than the world outside. Whiners automatically forfeit all rights except for those specifically granted under the Magna Carta of 1215.
6) All entries must be type-written.
7) It's a tag line, not a poetry contest. Keep it short. Haiku length or shorter.
It's a three parter. TO THE WINNER GOES THE SPOILS! ONE, your name in the acknowledgements of the book itself. TWO, a copy of Imaginary Jesus signed by the author (when it comes out of course). THREE, my gratitude. I will even write a thank you note to you.
Of course you also get bragging rights, but that goes without saying.
Now get to work, people.
Okay, I'm not a lawyer but just so you know this contest is illegal wherever such contests are illegal, and is not sponsored by Tyndale, Barna Books, Campus Crusade for Christ or anyone associated with those organizations. Final determination of who wins goes to moi (moi = Matt Mikalatos) and whomever I might choose to include in said determination. Moi reserves the right not to use a tag line, to use multiple tag lines or to use a tag line not generated by this contest. By leaving a comment and/or tagline here you are giving permission for it to be used in the publication and publicity of all kinds for Imaginary Jesus. Forever. In the whole universe. And other dimensions. Even other dimensions where, perhaps, you are evil instead of the pleasant, reasonable person whom you appear to be here in our dimension. Please remember that in the end this is all for fun. It's not like I'm promising, for instance, to make you the poet laureate of a laureate-less state.
My first thought: "Imaginary Jesus: beyond the flannelboard."ReplyDelete
Janet O (you have my contact info)
i love it matt! i'm horrible at this stuff, but i thought i'd give it a try...ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Did thousands of people die for nothing?
Imaginary Jesus: Pursuing the Truth
Imaginary Jesus: Chasing a dream?
Imaginary Jesus: Hoping it wasn't just my imagination
Imaginary Jesus: Better than Unicorns, Leprachauns and Tooth Fairies
Imaginary Jesus: Come See Him for YourselfReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: He Really Does Talk to Me
Imaginary Jesus: Our link to hope and changeReplyDelete
(1) Jesus the friendly ghost.ReplyDelete
(2) Imagine the unimaginable; Jesus!
(3) A love you can see but not feel.
(4) you can not see; nor hear but you have decided to walk with him.
(5) so powerful; but yet his love is softer than a baby's bottom.
In space no one can hear you scream.ReplyDelete
"In space, Jesus saves screaming unicorns."ReplyDelete
"Knock, knock. It's Jesus."
Okay. I need to work on my entries.
Imaginary Jesus: Because the real Jesus doesn't cater to my every whim.ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Because the real Jesus is just too....real.
Imaginary Jesus: Because the real Jesus wants me to be happy.
Imaginary Jesus: Better (tastier) than virgin Mary toastReplyDelete
I am going to have way to much fun with this game... here goes!ReplyDelete
Meeting a person I never knew.
Leaving behind what I've been told and meeting the real Jesus.
He's not just a hippie anymore.
A modern-day odyssey to find the real Jesus.
The day I realized I didn't know Jesus at all.
He's bigger than he looks.
Unlikely companions on a quest to find the living, breathing Christ.
Do we really know him?
Even the donkey knows more than I do.
A chase that would change me forever.
Now you see him; now you don't.
No quest is complete without a talking donkey.
Turns out I was wrong.
A hilarious tale of meeting a Jesus who is physically absent yet relationally present.
Would you recognize him if you saw him?
Chasing a dream through the streets of Portland.
How I found myself chasing a Jesus I didn't even know.
Tracking the imposter.
He's more real than you think.
I couldn't make this stuff up.
How Jesus got me out of the coffee shop.
The tale of an unlikely band of heroes on a quest to discover the truth about history's most controversial man.
Don't let him get away!
And the quest to find the real Christ.
The hilarious tale of learnining that everything I knew was wrong.
An unlikely quest for the man behind the robe.
The time I chased Jesus.
Turns out he's not a space cowboy.
How Jesus convinced me that I had it all wrong.
Chasing the Christ. Hilarity ensued.
Yup. That was too much fun. I'm supposed to be working on MPD...more ideas later.
Imaginary Jesus: or IS He?ReplyDelete
Jenny B, I work with you, you had better know how to reach me. :)
Imaginary Jesus: Hot pursuit of the most popular man who never existedReplyDelete
Snap. I like Sam's.ReplyDelete
It's just so bizarre, you might actually like it.ReplyDelete
Putting the fig back in figment.
Wait, come to think of it, I may have just given you two entries...
Imaginary Jesus: The best part was watching him try to walk on water.ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: De-robing the MessiahReplyDelete
I always thought He was imaginary, until I met Him.ReplyDelete
I thought He was imaginary, until I met Him.
I thought He was imaginary, until I saw Him face to face.
Imaginary Jesus: How Jesus became realReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: will the real Savior stand up?
Imaginary Jesus: This book is gay, dont buy it!ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: 52 days of every year in a suit and tie for nothing? firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: He's the homey you always wanted.ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: He's the friend you never knew you had.
Imaginary Jesus: Rising from the ashes of a burning revolution and there's nothing they can do to stop him!
Imaginary Jesus: More Powerful Than The Guy Who Works At The Taco StandReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Wait, you're not Jesus...ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Have you seen my friend Jesus?
Imaginary Jesus: His blood and body are at every church, but he's nowhere to be found.
Imaginary Jesus: What it really means to find Jesus
Imaginary Jesus: Where be your Gods now?
Imaginary Jesus. When things get unreal, He's the one you turn to.ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesue: If you meet the messiah on the road/run, buy him coffee, then kill him!ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: In a world were all you have is faith, manifestations cannot be tolerated
Imaginary Jesus: Bethlehem? That's so last age!
Imaginary Jesus: The tale of the coffee junkie Messiah
Imaginary Jesus: This will get me Jerry Springer for sure!
Imaginary Jesus: Where have all the false prophets gone?
Imaginary Jesus: Wait! What were those lottery numbers again?
Imaginary Jesus: There's no profit in being a Prophet
Imaginary Jesus: Can I see some ID?
Imaginary Jesus: For God was so pissed at the world, he sent his ill-begotten clone
Imaginary Jesus: For one night only! Live in the Theater of the mind, the subconcious ideal of the Messiah!
Imaginary Jesus: It's not the second coming, but I sure had Revelations
Imaginary Jesus: Unanswered Prayers meets Unwanted Quests
Imaginary Jesus: If I was Left Behind why are you here?
Imaginary Jesus: This is only a test. Had ths been an actual Rapture...it'd be too late
Goodness Gravies. Please forgive my silly ones as I had to work them out of my system and I thought they might inspire what you ultimately use. There are a few I actually like in here. Can you tell I am angling for a free copy of the book?
Imaginary Jesus: You thought that was a monster under your bed?ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: chasing a holy imposter down the road to salvationReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: chasing a holy pretender down the road to salvation
Imaginary Jesus: Humping the Leg of ConsciousnessReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Just when you thought you had Him all figured outReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Tastes like chicken
Imaginary Jesus: Kind of like Clifford the big red dog
Imaginary Jesus: Why worship something we've created?
Imaginary Jesus: Matt Mikalatos is the coolest.
Here's a marketing ploy for ya... have 10 (or so) different tag lines (one for each imaginary Jesus). Then you can encourage people to buy multiple copies of your book. Collect 'em All!ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: A Magical Mystic's Tour
(hey MJ's dead, who owns Beatle's copyrights now?)
Piggy backing off of Dean Christensen's comment for a cheap shot at the win,ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: COLLECT THEM ALL!!!
Imaginary Jesus: Who knew finding Christ could be so hard?ReplyDelete
contact me at Misslyricallie@gmail.com
Imaginary Jesus: Real FictionReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus:Beyond Imagination
Imaginary Jesus: God Figure (d is printed in Grey)
Imaginary Jesus: A Search for the Genuine Superstar
Imaginary Jesus: Will He rise again?
Imaginary Jesus: The Clone WarsReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: More Flavor than Savior?
Imaginary Jesus: Just not awesome enough
Imaginary Jesus: Beyond the blue rayon robe
Imaginary Jesus: The Trouble with Tribbles
Imaginary Jesus: Divorcing the Straw Man and finding the Prince
Imaginary Jesus: Because Real Saviors Don't Drink Lattes!ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: God was on a coffee BreakReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: More real that the Virgin Mary Toast!
Imaginary Jesus: Yoda was right!
Imaginary Jesus: Knee high to a grass hopper
Imaginary Jesus: Because Imaginary Gandhi was already taken
Imaginary Jesus: Killed the radio star
Imaginary Jesus: Better than Pulp Fiction
Imaginary Jesus: Knows what you did last summer
Imaginary Jesus: Supreme overlord and ruler. Yea, suck it.
Imaginary Jesus: Lovin you since the beginnin' of time!
Imaginary Jesus: Doesn't love the stoners
Imaginary Jesus: Because imaginary friends are for the unstable adults too!
Imaginary Jesus: "Look! I made a table!"...carpenter...
Imaginary Jesus: So adjective he verbs nouns
Imaginary Jesus: Brought to you by Myspace and YouTube! World leaders in sucking out your brains!
Imaginary Jesus: Conterfeit FaithReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Genuine Faith
Imaginary Jesus: The Authoritative Guide
Imaginary Jesus: Clandestine Messiah
Imaginary Jesus: The Messiah Scandal
Imaginary Jesus: Pseudolord or pseudonymReplyDelete
Kaityn has some great ones, but here are a few more:ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Exercising the right to Exorcise
Imaginary Jesus: Was he under the sofa the whole time?
Imaginary Jesus:He's everywhere
Imaginary Jesus: Slippery when wet (I don't know where that came from)
Imaginary Jesus: How much caffeine did I really drink?
Imaginary Jesus: Now that I found Him, what do I do?
Imaginary Jesus: Someone has to save the world
Imaginary Jesus: A tale of Love, God, and Literary License
Imaginary Jesus: If God is an Imposter, who will save us?
Imaginary Jesus: What if on the seventh day God blacked out?
This was fun! The book sounds fun.
Imaginary Jesus: The Imperfect TruthReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Truth, Lies, and Gray Matter
Imaginary Jesus: Lies and Revelations
Imaginary Jesus: Lifting the Scales (as in Saul/Paul)
Imaginary Jesus: Truth Is Not(italicized) Relative
Imaginary Jesus: Seeking Truth and Abandoning Intellect
Imaginary Jesus: The Relationship Revealed
Imaginary Jesus: The Way Home
Imaginary Jesus: Finding a Father in a Fallen World
Imaginary Jesus: Dismantling the "Truth"
(As in Separation from Christ/God)
Imaginary Jesus: Revealing the Lies in Truth
Imaginary Jesus: Redeemer Revealed
Imaginary Jesus: Desperately Seeking The Savior
Imaginary Jesus: The Truth about Blind Faith, Becoming a Child, and Matt's Other Miraculous Adventures
Imaginary Jesus: Sayonara Status Quo
And, for the record... I really like the flannel board one just before mine also. =)
Contact Info: My name is Jaton L.
oh. the flannel board one is the first one posted. for some reason i thought that the last posted was at the top... not the first posted. apologies. but, i do like it. =)ReplyDelete
Good luck in your adventure. I will keep you and your cause in prayer.
...they seek Him here, they seek Him thereReplyDelete
...why imagine Him? Just believe.
...maybe dreams can come true.
...more than just a shadow
...can you see Him 'cos he can see you
Imaginary Jesus: Jose needs a playmateReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Real Wars
Imaginary Jesus: Mohammad Mirage
Imaginary Jesus: Sex Toys by Mary
The Real Jesus: The Goly HoaxReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Real Jesuses Don't Run
Imaginary Jesus: One more makes a trinity
Imaginary Jesus: What the Chr!st is going on?
Imaginary Jesus: Three days dead and counting
Imaginary Jesus: Born in the USA
Imaginary Jesus: As real as it gets
Imaginary Jesus: When only the best will do
Imaginary Jesus: Because the real guy is on his lunch break
Imaginary Jesus: Or real, whichever you prefer
Imaginary Jesus: They don't make 'em like they used to
Seeing as you don't say what the book is about, creating a tag line is difficult. But here goes...ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: You mean he wasn't imaginary to start with?
If you want to find Jesus, he's hiding under your bed... waiting for you to fall asleep... and then he's going to crawl out... Booga! Booga!
Imaginary Jesus: This time it's personal.
Before I sleep, this I pray, Jesus please just stay away.
With Imaginary Jesus turning tap water into sweet, sweet wine, you'll never say "beer run" again.
Imaginary Jesus: Is it all in my head?ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Lifting the veil of faith
Imaginary Jesus: Now you see him... Now you don't...ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Who Says You Have to Outgrow Your Invisible Friends?ReplyDelete
A. Jesus that scared the Bejesus out of meReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: Oly $19.99! And if You Order in The Next Ten Minutes We'll Include Imitation Satan as Our Free Gift To You!ReplyDelete
What is the book even about? What is your direction with it? For instance, if its a reference book looking for evidence of Christ's existence, go with something like:ReplyDelete
Imaginary Jesus: In Pursuit of the God Who Wasn't There.
Or if it's more like a satire or comedic thing:
Imaginary Jesus: How a Jewish security blanket changed the world.
It's hard since I know nothing about the book, much less have read any of it, but hopefully you can get something from the suggestions.
Imaginary Jesus: A Closer Look Into The Life That Was Never Lived
Imaginary Jesus: Santa Claus for AdultsReplyDelete
Jesus is the Reasoning for the Seasoning.ReplyDelete