I’m spending a big chunk of this weekend polishing up two synopses, which I’ll need for the submission packages for the Words & Music Agent and Editor Critiques. One is a bit too long but is nearly ready; the other’s a tad short and needs more pizzaz. Well, at least I don’t have to start from scratch.
Give ‘Em What They Want: The Right Way To Pitch Your Novel to Editors and Agents has a terrific chapter called “Successful Synopses”. I’m going to read the rest of the book this weekend, when I’m giving the red pen a break, but I started with this section because it includes a synopsis checklist, specifics on format, advice from published authors, a bunch of examples, and shows one synopsis with critiques as it goes through three drafts.
After I get the submissions set off, then I’ll have two months to agonize over the ‘In Person’ pitch, and perhaps have some nerve pills on hand for when the time comes to use it. 😛
Anybody else in edit mode this weekend?