Saturday, August 29, 2009
Jacket Blurb and Synopsis
Thinking ahead about submiting, I looked at the requirements for submitting to Chronicle books, publisher of Ivy & Bean. They request the usual query letter, synopsis and first three chapters. I've never written a synopsis before, but I took a stab at it. One paragraph for each of the nine chapters. I will take the synopsis to the critique group next Saturday and see if it's 'right'. Also wrote the 'elevator pitch', a very short summary that can be pitched in a few seconds if I find myself in the presence of anyone who cares... People says it's hard to do and it is. I spent a couple of hours writing 93 words, and I think it's twice as long as it's supposed to be. My book only has 7,000 words. How do people do it when their book is 100,000 words?