Monday, January 19, 2009

Who Killed the Synopsis?

Oh. No one. What a pity.

Yes, I'm at that point in every writer's life. Well, every novelist's life. The book is done and almost through the editing rounds, meaning it's almost ready to go to my agent. But it cannot go without...a synopsis.

I despise them. I truly do. I pretend that I'm okay with them, but I'm not. They turn my books into something dull and lifeless. And I find it hard to believe anyone's going to buy my books based on the present tense reiteration of the plot and characters.

From what my agent's told me, most if not all writers hate writing a synopsis, for the same reasons I do. She's not sold on their effectiveness, either, however, she's savvy enough to know you have to have a full arsenal if you want to win the publishing war. So, it's off to write a synopsis I go.

But I'm not happy about it.

So there.

Cheryl Walker

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4 Comments:

Anonymous WKEverhart said...

I'm with you. Synopsis? Can't the publisher just look at a paragraph and then read the book? Geez! I hate a long-winded review and ultimately, that's what a synopsis really is. I can't think of one seven-page summary that I've ever really read. I've written them, but I've never read them. That's probably why I'm neither an agent or publisher. Good luck!:D

January 22, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Gini Koch said...

Thank you! It's the least fun thing to do, writing-wise, at least in my opinion. But do it I must.

But I resent it. LOL!

Cheryl

January 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Resent it all you like. But if we are ever to see it on the bookstore shelves, write the darned synopsis. All professions have their less than lovely aspects. The clerical parts of mine drive me batty.

MaryL

January 26, 2009 at 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Gini Koch said...

*sigh* I hate it when someone brings LOGIC into the whole discussion. (Mean thing.) LOL!

Fine, fine. It's written and ready to be edited down to something coherent. So...getting there.

Cheryl

January 26, 2009 at 5:00 PM  

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