The synopsis is an integral part of most submission packets, including my most recent agent submissions. This was a struggle for me, as I hadn’t written one since I published “The Pilot and the Pinup” with Liquid Silver Books. A fellow author told me to break each of the chapters down into paragraphs. I did exactly that and it was quiet the disaster.
The Acquisitions editor at the time informed me I suffered from Dreaded Synopsis Syndrome. Boy did I ever. LSB requested a love scene (probably to make sure I didn’t purple-prose the hell out of it) and the last chapter (likely to make sure the book was done). They accepted my full ms and I never had to write a synopsis for them again. Thank the writing gods.
Thankfully, My other digital publisher, Resplendence Publishing, didn’t require the synopsis. Whew.
Now that I’m looking for an agent I’m back in the land of having to write a synopsis. Ugh!
Luckily, there is a ton of info on the interwebs on how to write one. I found this site to be very helpful.
Last week, right after I posted my rejection post. I received a request for an additional 50 pages from another Agent. The Universe must have a plan.
I had met this agent at an RWA conference a couple of years ago when the manuscript was just getting started in my head and on paper. She had given a talk on agents and how they help you in the business. That talk made me look at querying agents for this book that was an idea in my head. Especially since what I had written was such a bit of a departure from my current work.
I will still have to wait a few more weeks before I hear back, but this is exciting news. I remember listening to her talk, and getting a good vibe.
As you read this, I’m heading to the airport to go on my annual retreat with the WZG Founders. And plotting my next book. More on that next Wednesday.
I got my first rejection from an agent last week. Less than 24 hours after I sent my query.
Was I surprised? Yes and No. Yes that it was so quick, and No that it happened. It was a form letter and I likely received for one of two reasons:
The agent is not acquiring new authors
My packet wasn’t proper. And my packet was incomplete…I noticed after I hit send.
I can not stress the importance of following the rules when agents and publishers lay them out for you. In my case the agency wanted the first 5 pages and I misread it to be query letter only. Now was I rejected for not following the rules, possibly. I’ll never truly know, but I guarantee I always wonder.
Some of you may think this is nitpicky on the publisher’s or agency’s part, and maybe it appears that way. But the rules are an indicator of what will maximize an agent or editors time. And truthfully if my query sang all on its own, perhaps I would’ve received a gentle reminder about the missing pages. Or I stated my query well enough that they knew a Stempunk Romance was not on their #MSWL.
Unfortunately for me, at this agency, a rejection from one agent is a rejection from all. It is too bad, as the agency represented many authors I love and respect. Sigh.
There are more agents ahead, and I assure you I will be diliegent in following the rules going forward. 🙂
I finally typed “THE END” on my first steampunk novel, “The Courtesan of Constantinople”.
I’ve decided to pursue an agent for this book, so I’ve been making a list. My list is comprised of agents actively looking for Steampunk. Also adding those who requested during #Pit2Pub or perhap have Steampunk as a #MSWL.
Because I’m pursuing this route, I thought I would keep the inquiring minds among you up-to-date as I progress through this ‘new’ process for me.
Those are two powerful words to any unpublished writer. How do authors get from the trenches of the typewriter to basking in the glow of fans? I know I know it’s a bit melodramatic but it seems that many writer’s feel that way until someone comes along (a publisher/agent) and validates that they do have something important to say.
I’d like to tackle some of your questions and see if we can both learn something new. Next week I’ll begin imparting a bit of my thoughts. See you then!