2.05.2014

IWSG: The Dreaded Synopsis

So, once I won the agent lottery I totally thought I'd also won the you-never-have-to-write-another-query-or-synopsis-again lottery.

Um, yeah, not so much.

When I submitted my edited manuscript to Jamie, she came back with, "I just need a query and the synopsis." And I was like, "Wait, what?!!!" I thought that was sooooo behind me.

 

I had no idea agents used queries and synopses during the submission process! Yet again I was in query/synopsis Hell. I fumbled. I distracted myself with Twitter and Facebook. I wrote waaaaay too much. Then deleted waaaaay too much. Ate waaaaay too much chocolate. But I got them done in a stumbling, bumbling sort of way.

Until... My AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL critique partner sent me this link:


I just wrote a not-so-bad (let's be real, it's helpful not magic) synopsis in an hour and a half!!!


The lesson? Query/synopsis writing doesn't end when you get an agent. Copy and paste that link to your forehead.

Anyone else have any synopsis or query nuggets of gold to share?

 *Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting IWSG - a monthly blog hop where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!*



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19 comments:

  1. That method sure makes you cut through your own bs, doesn't it? :) I always started by summarizing chapters, then putting them all together and trying to get from 20+pages down to 1. TORTURE. Building UP makes so much more sense! I'm glad you liked it, and good luck going on sub (of course you know how much I'm rooting for you already). DORIAN!!

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    1. I totally replied to this, but it disappeared! Anyway, YES, so great at cutting through the BS! Thanks for the good luck vibes ;) DORIAN!!!

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  2. Ah Wordpress ate my post. Thanks for the link. I have one bookmarked from Janice Hardy's blog that I also found helpful. this is my first #ISWG post. Glad to be around for the blog hop.

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    1. Oooh, I'll have to check that one out! Thanks for stopping by and welcome to IWSG :-)

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  3. Ugh, I hate writing synopsis! Thanks for the link, I have to check it out…right after I bookmark it lol

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    1. I hear ya...it will totally help - promise. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. I was so surprised that my publisher actually used the blurbs (AKA query) I wrote for both of my novels . . . b/c I thought I sucked at that, too! They polished it a bit, but not much. You're probably better at it than you think. When I need inspiration, I read the blurbs of the best selling (YA-b/c that's what I write) books on the market and go from there. Good luck :-) And hey, if your agent's name is Jamie, she must be perfect!

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    1. Well that's good to know! And great idea reading blurbs from other books - I'll definitely have to do that. Yes, Jamie is a wonderful name! ;)

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  5. Ugh. I just found that out myself recently. So glad you found a non-magical helper, though (that I will be checking out right after this!).

    -Jessica
    Visions of Other Worlds

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    1. Yeah, it can definitely be a bit jarring. Good practice though...I guess...well...it's gotta be done anyway. :p

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  6. Oh I love Brave! It's out on lone to a friend at the moment though and I'm starting to miss it. I have duly stuck that link to my forehead though - I had something similar but it seems to have wondered off into the depths of my hard drive!

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    1. I love Brave too! And good, glad I could help, lol. Thanks for reading :)

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  7. Okay, so I knew after you got an agent, synopsis's...synopsises...(whatever!) could still be hanging around to haunt you. But a query too! The universe is a cold, cruel place... ;)

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    1. Seriously... Maybe not all have you write one. Perhaps I'm just lucky? ;) *waves at Jamie* Really though, I hate to admit it, but it does help as a pre-synopsis exercise. And sometimes I write my query in the beginning, before my story is complete - helps to get my brain straight.

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  8. Yay for the agent! And the written synopsis!!!

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  9. Anything that makes you take tens of thousands of words and make a condensed explanation, is for sure hell. Good luck with it all.

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  10. I'm going to have to do this soon--write a query and synopsis for Michelle on my next book, since she says it helps understand how to pitch it--and I'm just so dead about it. Hate those things. Even after a ton of experience giving advice to others on pitching, I'm like . . . must I???

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