Friday, December 11, 2009

Writer's--Be Prepared

A warning to writers--Always be prepared.

This morning, I opened my email and I saw a message sent to me from an agent I queried. And of course I thought what I usually did. “Another rejection.”

I’m use to them. LOL!!

Oh, but not this time. I had a request to send a full manuscript. A full…and a synopsis.

I must tell you--well after I closed my mouth with audible snap--at that very moment in time. I was so happy I had one prepared. Even more happy when the pages fell within their accepted guidelines.

And it was so strange because I so did not want to write one. I fought myself on the matter.

“Write one,” the common sense side of me said.

“NOOOO!” my whiney self said. “I don’t wanna.”

Finally, common sense side won, and I reluctantly wrote one. And I think it was lucky that I did so.

Because one thing I always check, and I hope you all do to, is whether or not the agency says they want a synopsis. I don’t recall this agency’s website asking for one, and yet, they wanted one.

So remember, don’t be caught with your pants pooled at your feet. Be prepared with a synopsis. Have it ready on hand.

Then you can do what I spent most of the day doing. Worrying over it, tweaking it, deleting and adding bits to it, then finally save, add attachment, and hit that send button.

OH!! Then comes the fun part--opening your sent mail so that you can check to be sure that you sent the right files.

I wonder what an agent would do if you accidently sent the wrong files? A question to ponder...hmmm?


  1. UGH writing a synopsis was "teh suck." I managed it, but it kind of made me want to claw my eyeballs out.

    That said, I can't wait to be at a point in my career when I can sell books based on the synopsis alone!! :P