What I should be doing is polishing the letter/ manuscript in preparation for round two. But I'm not. In fact there's a big wall in my way.
It's called the synopsis.
See, all the agents on my list from now on what synopses with the query letter. Some only want a short synopsis, some want a synopsis of the entire book chapter by chapter, most fall in between. This is a huge problem for one simple reason.
I hate synopses. They make me cranky...
(or grouchy, as the case may be.)
See, I have tried writing them before and they are irritating to me on almost every level. Here are a few examples:
1. I never know what to put in. Every character? Every subplot? If I'm not careful, this could end up being as long as the book itself...
2. I never know what to leave out. Say there are mystery aspects to my book, and the twist at the end is who the killer is. Do I need to say who it is? Can I just say "The main character confronts the killer." Well, maybe not for a complete synopsis, but what about a shorter one?
3. How does one organize it? A paragraph for every chapter? A loose outline? A list of events?
Heck, even the word itself is annoying. it's hard to spell and almost as hard to pluralize. If I hadn't had spell-check I would have been writing about synopsis-es.
Argh and Double argh...
I know, I know, being able to summarize my book is a valuable skill and one I'm going to need. And I know it's probably not as hard as I'm making it out to be in my head. I just feel like I know way too little about writing these dang things. Especially for something so important.
Help me out here, oh intelligent and experienced readers. What do I do?