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    Help with writers cramp

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chandler245, Mar 29, 2009.

    I am un-published, however I have spoken to Writershouse Lit Agency and they want a synopsis of my bood that I am writting and I have no idea on how to do that. I was wondering if anybody has any clue on how to do this and can help me out! So far I have had zero luck with any forum writing back.
     
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    The agency is asking for a query letter, a synopsis and some other details about yourself. You cannot even consider this until your novel is finished, fully edited and polished to perfection and I am assuming from your post that you are not there yet. As their website states, they receive hundreds of these a month so you need to ensure that yours stands out from the rest. Query letter writing is an art in itself and there are plenty of online resources to assist in this. However, finish the novel first otherwise the query letter and synopsis will be little more than an exercise.
     
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    Hey Chandler, no idea about that..but Welcome to WF.
     
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    Hello Chandler, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    You may find some relevant threads in Writing Issues -> Publishers.

    Posting your own work should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

    If you haven't explored the site yet, you should probably do so soon. Newcomers often gravitate to the Lounge, the Word Games, or the Review Room, but there is much more to be discovered if you poke in the corners. Remember to check out our FAQ as well, and be sure to read through the forum rules, too, to avoid any misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Respect for one another is our principal mandate.

    As for the Review Room, new joiners often wonder why we do things a bit differently on this site than on other writing sites. We emphasize reviewing as a critical writing skill. Training your eye by reviewing other people's work helps you improve your own writing even before you present it for others to see. Therefore, we ask members to review other people's writing before posting work of their own. The Review Room forums on this site, therefore, are true workshops, not just a bulletin board for displaying your work (and on that note, please only post each item for review in one Review Room forum). See this post, Why Write Reviews Before Posting My Work? for more information.

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    Enjoy your stay here, and have fun!
     
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    what is a query letter? I have no idea what that is? I hope that my book stands out. I spoke to someone and they never mentioned a query letter
     
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    A query letter is a letter you write to a publisher to try to convince them to take a look at your manuscript. You never send a manuscript or excerpt to a publisher unless they invite you to do so.

    Make sure you have a finished manuscript before you begin sending query letters.
     
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    Why not go to google, type in:

    synopsis book literary agency

    and see what you get. You can find answers by just googling.

    Or type in:

    what is a synopsis

    I just did that, and it gave me a ton of links explaining what it is, how to write it, etc.
     
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    So I need to finish my book, polish it, make it perfect and then submit? Wow that is what I call pressure. I looked it up, query, and found out what it is but how can you make it stand out. How can I make it so that will open mine?
     
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    welcome to the forums, chandler!

    yes... if you don't, your query will be a waste of time, effort and postage...

    it's not easy to do for many writers... if your book will be violence-free and you want some one-on-one help with all of that, drop me a line...

    love and hugs, maia
     
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    There is violence in it. But thank you. I don't want to put you out, and have you read something you don't want to. It is a love story but there are mean parts to it.
     

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