Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Two Weeks to Liftoff

I'm about two-three weeks from the start of trying to find an agent, writing the dreaded query letter, shaping the winning synopsis. If anyone has a word of advice, a website they find valuable, a book that helped them, any of that I'd be eternally grateful to hear about it before I make an unecessary mistake. It's a 70,000 word psychological suspense novel with a female protagonist set in Detroit. Thanks. I'm shaking in my shoes.

10 comments:

Duane Swierczynski said...

My best advice is to keep it short and charming: less is definitely more. You want to give enough in the synopsis to intrigue the agent, and keep him/her on the hook for more.

And most of all, just be yourself. You've got a great voice. It'll speak volumes for you.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Well if that wasn't just about the biggest boost I could ask for. Thanks so much.

Sandra Scoppettone said...

I agree with Duane. Aren't you going to try that agent who was interested in you? I'd give him right of first refusal since he showed so much interest. Then if that doesn't work out send those letters.

Congratulations.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Oh, yes. I'll try him first thing. Last year, he was very quick in reading it and commenting. But I want to get the letter and synposis ready too. At my age, there's no time to waste.

Sandra Ruttan said...

Patti, I think that's a smart gameplan. Even if the agent you've been talking to signs you right off, you'll need outlines for the shopping phase. And then, when you're negotiating your next big deal, you'll be able to sell on spec off an outline alone...

pattinase (abbott) said...

Sandras.-Your optimism is very heartening.

Steve Allan said...

Pish posh on all that age stuff. You have plenty of time: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/2007/09/17/070917ta_talk_mead

Anyway, you're writing is extremely good and I don't think you'll have much trouble in finding someone who'll be interested.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, Steve. I'm hopeful.

Nancy P said...

No advice, just cheers from the sidelines.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Cheers count mightily.