In the on-going saga that is the Agent Querying Process, I now stand at 0 for 2. At least the second “pass”, although a form letter, included my first name (spelled correctly, I might add) in the salutation line. I found that to be a nice little personal touch. Or about as personal as a form rejection — er. . . pass — can get. We have to look at the positives, no matter how tiny.
I’ve got a few other queries out, but I admit, the progress has been slow. Outside of desperately trying to meet a 20k by 9/1 deadline, I spend time researching agents, tailoring the query letter, and the latest — trying to formulate the dreaded synopsis.
As if the query was tough enough, quite a few of the agents on my list require a synopsis — or will if they request a partial. Three hundred plus pages need to be smashed down into just two. Whose idea of a cruel joke is this?!!?
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary:
synopsis: 1610s, from L.L. synopsis “a synopsis,” from Gk. synopsis “general view,” from a stem of synoran “to see altogether, all at once,” from syn- “together” + horan “to see, view”
Obviously, it was the Greeks. Again.
I’m sure I’m over-thinking it. It’s probably not as tough as I’m making it. Then again, I had a good one going, paring things down, getting just the bare bones yet keeping it something more than a grocery list — then I reformatted it to a more legible font, double spaced, and found myself over two pages and I’m not even close to half-way done.
<This is where you insert an image of me pulling my hair out.>
So, if I’m slightly absent from the Blog for the remainder of this month, if my posts lack some of their usual witty banter and deep, philosophical bent, you’ll forgive me. This drive — obsession — life choice — sickness — addiction — thing — that we call writing is sending me on yet another roller coaster ride of fun.
BTW, my favorite seat on the roller coaster is the very front. Not sure what that says about me, but . . .