When panic is a good thing………
Apparently we will be talking about the big “S” word next – synopsis – because a real-live literary agent just asked me for one for The Alligator Purse. Yikes.
So I am a little panicked – but I am also all sorts of motivated.
That’s good, right?
This is where you nod your head wildly in agreement. Thanks.
When I got the email, I waited an entire 15 seconds before writing back (didn’t want to seem desperate), politely thanked her for her interest, and asked if I could have a little time to
write, uhm I mean, tweak it. That was on the outside. On the inside, I felt like this poor woman.
Sadly, I am minus the adorable shoes and the cute up-do. Yes, I might really be screwed.
I wanted to scream – “that is amazing – but are you serious?” And then, “what exactly do you mean by that?”
So I am guessing that writing and submitting a synopsis might be a tad of problem if you have not finished your book yet – but maybe it won’t be – we shall definitely see.
Here is what I know so far…
If you want to write and submit your work, you will definitely want to consider investing in the Writers Market. It’s basically a listing of who is buying, what they are buying, and how they want it served up on the page. If you are thinking “that would save me a heck of a lot of time,” you’d be absolutely correct.
But the Writers Market also has helpful articles and a glossary of literary terms. So I went to my literature bible and looked up synopsis. I kind of thought I knew what it meant – but this might be a big deal so I wanted to be sure.
According to WM, a synopsis is “a brief summary of a story, novel, or play. As part of a book proposal, it is a comprehensive summary condensed in a page or page and a half, single-spaced.”
That is what I thought. But it kinda, sorta sounds like you need an ending. Dear heavens. Now what?
Well, Rachelle Gardner is a literary agent with Books & Such and she wrote this post about crafting a pitch. It covers 11 essential questions that should be answered when an author is trying to sell her book.
I don’t know if it addresses everything, but this is where I am going to start.
So, bye bye.
And, yes, I will post my synopsis when I am done. Just promise not to laugh at it.
I mean it, Pinky Swear it .