This post ends, “I will never give up on this book. This is the book that drove me to be a writer. This is the book that proved to me that I have something to say and can say it well.”
I spent four years getting my novel “right” enough to snag an agent. I spent four months condensing it to a single page that included the synopsis, my bio, and marketing prowess. The end result was a somewhat functional if hopelessly earnest attempt to detail the entire book.
The good synopsis is harder and can take longer than writing the novel. At least the novel is fun.
The synopsis it is hard because it had to be short.
“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.”
-Attributed to Mark Twain, Voltaire, and Blaise Pascal, the French philosopher who invented the calculators.
Four years. My agent re-wrote it. Oh so briefly, she captured:
- the hook;
- the expanded hook;
- one more, slightly longer graph describing (get this) just the first 70 pages; and
- a final, short graph posing a question to set up a compelling interest in the rest of the book.