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    Synopsis Biographical Note

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Elgaisma, Sep 3, 2010.

    On the bottom of the synopsis my industry standard guide says I should include 50-200 words about myself.

    Thing is my life is pretty dull, and I don't want to admit I have Fibromyalgia as I know it may put them off. Would just age, fact I am a Mum and the story about how my book came to be work do you think?
     
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    Write what you feel. They don't need to know, so why tell them. You're a writer, not applying to operate a heavy machine for 12 hours a day.

    I always wondered if you could put why you decided to write what you wrote under this. But being am other is pretty frigging awesome.
     
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    :) I think being a Mum is kind of great, but my kids make it easy.

    I think I will go with the tale of how my story came about, it seems the most relevant.
     
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    Being 50-200 words, you can easily write half a dozen. (Parent-hood, story, why etc)

    I'd try to write a few down if you have time. Shelf it for a day and see which rings true in a day or too. ;)
     
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    good idea:) My trouble is I may need to tidy it all up and ship it off really quickly. I am waiting for an agent to open her books this week, that I want to at least try with.

    It is stupid I have three chapters I like, a query letter I am happy with and a synopsis mostly done. Just these less than 200 words standing in my way.
     
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    Ah, you'll be fine - 50 words is a tiny amount, so it looks like just a formality. Writers can be extremely boring people - they need to save up all their interesting for the page anyway. They'll understand if you don't want to talk about yourself. :D
     
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    don't go by a 'standard guide'... go only by each agent's/publisher's query/submission guidelines...

    and most don't want to know anything but whether you have any relevant paid credits...
     
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    I am not selling my book in the US.

    All the top agents I have contacted have told me to follow the advice in the book. In the UK an agent wants a biography and know if they can sell you as well as your book. An author with a good personality is seen as an asset. The synopsis is like a CV of yourself and your book, it is to be less than 700 words with Introduction, 350-450 words story synopsis and 50-100 words. This particular book is pretty much put out by the publishing industry every year.
     

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