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can someone tell me if I have a synopsis?
Tricia McKee
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 7:43 PM
Joined: 7/7/2015
Posts: 36


I written a couple versions of back matter, (not synopsis) for my WIP  Moonlight & Whiskey and I just don't know...Anybody feelin this, or should I head back to the drawing board? The manuscript is a steamy contemporary romance.

 

 

 

Smart and Curvy Avery has penchants for Hard Rock and porn, a foul mouth with no filter, and she is having identity crises of major proportions. It is, after all, hard to be the 'curvy' one when you’re bestie is a former model, and Avery has built some very sturdy walls to protect herself from rejection...So what’s a smart girl with a lot of curves gotta do to get laid?

 

Not much, if you ask Declan, front man for Hard Rock band ‘BlackSmith’…Not much at all. With a body made for depravity and a voice as tempting as the devil himself, Declan prefers his women as curvy as his guitars; but he has his own demons to worry about...

 

Set against a backdrop of dark magic, sinful music and the sultry New Orleans moon, fire erupts when Avery and Declan begin the age-old dance of men and women, but when the two discover a soul deep connection that transcends lifetimes, will Fate be enough to turn lust into love?

 

It is just a vacation after all…

 

 

All feedback is welcomed and greatly appreciated.

--edited by Tricia McKee on 9/23/2015, 11:06 PM--


Amber J. Wolfe
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:31 PM

Hi, Tricia

 

I read your example and have this to say--that's not a synopsis. That's a query.

 

A synopsis is a break down of every main event that happens in your novel, from beginning to end.

 

Here is an example of a synopsis on Writer's Digest, to give you a feel of what they are: The "Dragonslayer" Synopsis

Hope that helps!

--edited by Amber J. Wolfe on 9/23/2015, 9:32 PM--


Tricia McKee
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 10:27 PM
Joined: 7/7/2015
Posts: 36


It's not a query either but you're right it's not a synopsis, I guess I'm using the wrong term, how about back matter, or blurb, if you will. The two or three paragraphs on the back jacket that draw the reader in after you've got them with the hook. Better?

--edited by Tricia McKee on 9/23/2015, 10:36 PM--


Amber J. Wolfe
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:56 PM

Yes, that does clarify, actually.

 

In that case, it reads fine to me. There was one missing word: she's having (an) identity crises of major proportions.

 

I read a lot of romance, and as a reader, your back cover copy drew me in and intrigued. I'm in no way an expert on them, but it did interest me.

 

Hope that helps!

 

Amber

 

--edited by Amber J. Wolfe on 9/24/2015, 12:57 PM--


Tricia McKee
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 2:00 PM
Joined: 7/7/2015
Posts: 36


Thanks Amber, and thanks for pointing out the screw up on the term. I saw the grammar flubs too; I really am terrible at proof reading these thing and I'm very quick on the post button. I must get in the habit of reading closer. I am working on a true synopsis, and then on to the queries. Initially, I planned to self publish...Now that I've decided to at least try the traditional route I'm getting a crash course in it.
 

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