The editor said on the phone that she couldn't follow my synopsis, that she couldn't make either head nor tail of it. (Slinking in floor boards here) lol She also said she doesn't usually read synopsis and something made her read mine. When she finished reading it, she thought, 'I'm not going to like this.'
This is a very important lesson for me isn't it? Very Important! If an editor reads a badly written synopsis she won't bother reading the manuscript. I was so lucky this editor persevered. I think this novel being so full of twists and subplots, I couldn't get my head around it properly. lol... I usually write okay synopsis'.
SO... I need to learn to write a synopsis properly for this manuscript, one they call a winning synopsis. I've been doing so much research on the net, and picking a few writer friends brain, and here's what I have come up with:
Use strong adjectives and verbs. Write in the present tense. Make every word count.
Start With A Hook. The hook should be a few sentences, or a paragraph similar to the blurb on the back of a book.
Introduce the Characters. Introduce the main characters in your book. This is where you mention their motivation, conflict and goals.
Body of Your Synopsis. This is where the high points of your story are explained in chronological order. the paragraphs have to be tight, and I'm not to give every detail. The main events of the story are explained. The action, the reaction and the decision.
Crisis and Resolution. Use about three or four paragraphs. It has to be simple, but show the main characters reactions. The synopsis must include resolution of the story. Let the editor/agent know the outcome of everything in the story.
Well I'm halfway there. And let's hope it's a little better than my last. lol...
I'll be lost in writing land and submitting land for a time.
Have a great week, and thank you to those who call by.