Queries, synopses, and bios, oh my!

Here I am in my second week of waiting for my lovely beta readers to do their thing. It’s hard to be patient but of course they deserve to be able to read it in their own time. After all, it took me months to write it, right? Dear mother of Moses I hope it doesn’t take them months to read it! In case you couldn’t tell, I’m not the best at waiting. (And the winner for biggest understatement of the year goes to, drumroll please?) But I didn’t want to leave you, my fantastic blog followers, to wait for another blog post from me so here it is! Ok, now what? Ha just kidding. I am trying to use my time to continue building up support here on the web. I don’t want you to be lonely my lovelies, so I am trying to find you brothers and sisters to join us on our quest to write and publish a novel series. I’m considerate like that!

I have finally managed to finish a rough draft of a synopsis of my novel. For those of you who may not know, a lot of agents and publishers will request this from you when you query them. Each agent is different though so be sure to do your research before you send anyone anything. The last thing you want to do, is disqualify yourself because you sent a synopsis when all they wanted was a query letter, or no synopsis when they wanted a synopsis. Some agents and publishers also ask for the first chapter (or three) so like I said, be sure to check with them individually and follow their directions specifically. You don’t want to single yourself out in a bad way and have them kick your stuff just because you didn’t listen to their instructions.

So I have been researching agents and publishers and how to write the perfect query letter all while trying to build a presence online and it. is. exhausting! Especially when you get all the conflicting reports from people about what to do and what not to do. For example, I have been researching query letters and literary agents because in my previous research I learned that many publishers won’t even look at your manuscript unless you have an agent. Thus began my downward spiral into researching literary agents. In learning to write the glowing query letter that will land me an agent I came across a statement from a very reputable author of science fiction (which is the genre of my manuscript). He said that if you’re writing SciFi, you probably don’t want any agent that would take you on as a client for the first book you write. Instead, he recommends getting an offer from a publisher and THEN looking for an agent. Eee gads! It’s like my whole life has been a lie! Ok, I’m done being melodramatic. But for real, what’s a girl to do? So I started researching publishers. Basically looking for every (non-vanity) publisher I could find that publishes science fiction. I will now be adding to my query pile list, all of the publishers I unearthed as well. And I’m sure you’ll all be pleased to know, they have their own set of querying instructions, i.e. send in four copies of your completed manuscript, a blood sacrifice, and the naming rights to your firstborn child. I may be exaggerating a bit, they really only want two copies.

But this has been my life for the last two weeks. I have been researching and writing query drafts and synopsis drafts and trying to make my biography sound a lot more impressive than it really is. For the record, nothing I have done up to this point in my life really matters in the grand scheme of writing science fiction novels. Just a little FYI. And another note for the record, though they want your writing to be creative in your novel, they don’t really like it when you take creative liberties with your bio. Just another little FYI. So I have been working hard on honing those little bits of writing and I have to say, it’s been a lot harder than writing the sum total of my whole manuscript hands down! Trying to put into a paragraph or even a page, the important parts of my story, it’s like trying to choose which parts of my children I want to keep. Ew, gross. Sorry. But it’s still a lot like that. Next time I’ll warn you not to eat before reading my blog posts.

Once I have a good list of publishers who will accept unsolicited manuscripts, and agents who may or may not give me the time of day, plus a query letter, synopsis and bio that doesn’t make me retch, I will be all set to start down that long dark road that will hopefully lead to publication. Yes, that was a really long, horrible sentence, but a good writer makes you feel what they feel. They make it seem as if you are right there in the action, living their story. If that super long sentence didn’t make you feel the aching, hopeless, oblivion that I’m feeling, nothing will. You’re welcome.

I will also be posting further helpful content on my forums. So if you haven’t signed up for that you totally need to do it! There will be information for query letters and synopsis writing and well, pretty much anything else I can think of that might be helpful so check it out! www.thewritingpiazza.com/forums/

Also, I will try to add some more content to my blog besides just posting once a week so if there’s anything you’d like to see just click the little “comment” button at the beginning of this post or email me at thewritingpiazza@gmail.com

Until we meet again!

  • My struggles are similar, but I’m not yet finished. I’m going the independent, e-book route. I wish you the best of luck.

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    I’m so excited for you! I hope everyone comes back with smiles and great news when they read your novel. 🙂 Sending hopeful and positive thoughts your way!

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    Congrats on getting this far. I have to say that I’m disenchanted with the
    publishing industry as it exists today. In the beginning of my personal
    journey I was flattered that an agent took me on. She charged nothing and
    did put in a lot of work polishing the first book but at the end of the
    day, she got me published by an American Indie publisher who would have
    accepted an unsolicited manuscript anyway, I now have five books with the
    Indie publisher and five self published via Amazon. Whatever your thoughts
    on Amazon, at least I get to see sales figures in real time and get a
    better royalty rate.
    The industry is changing. I’m not certain that the traditional publishing
    industry is dead and I’m certainly not convinced that SP is the future.
    Whichever path you chose–or in my case a foot in both camps–the real
    problem is marketing your work and I have to say that at the moment the
    only person who will put any effort into marketing is the author, so the
    question must be why pay a middle-person and do most of the donkey work
    yourself? Anyway, sorry to hijack your blog. Good luck and don’t give up.
    Rome or best sellers were not built/written in a day.

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