Soooo....this week on Wordwranglers, Margie suggested that we give up our query/synopsis tips.
Mine is simple.
If you haven't written one, or even if you have, go to a published author site and check and see if they have a published query to look at. This is a super way to learn how to format one.
This is how I learned. I took a class at the college from Margot Early, superromance author. She wasn't yet published, but she had been mentored by authors who were, and she gave me that advice when I began to struggled, and I mean struggle with queries.
I actually like to queries now. I like to tighten them down to three paragraphs. Well, actually four-five with a tagline. I have done pretty well with this one, although it is a little longer than one I normally write. One mistake here, though. I should have addressed this to a specific editor.
Dear Penguin Editors:
Mississippi Blues is a southern-set suspense novel—Prison Break meets Steel Magnolias.
Can a man who believes wholeheartedly in a killer’s guilt and a woman who never wavers in her belief of that same man’s innocence find a common ground?
Five years ago Trey Bouche´ found his best friend, with blood on his hands, standing over a body. Although Trey wanted to believe in his friend’s innocence, he was forced to testify in court and Jace was sent to prison for life. Now, Trey returns, determined to prove he was right. Even if it means losing the woman he still loves.
Summer Hill cannot forgive Trey or his father, The Chief of Police, for the wrongs she feels they did to her family. When her brother escapes from Angola, Summer vows to keep her brother safe, no matter the cost. Falling back in love with Trey again isn’t an option.
Now, five years later, the past begins to unravel. Reluctantly thrown together, Summer and Trey follow a twisted path that lead them to the truth—Jace didn’t kill anyone and an entire town’s ugly secret is unveiled. But more importantly, Trey and Summer rediscover the love they lost.
I have been writing for many years, and my passion is romantic suspense, often with a western or southern setting. In the last year, I have placed in or won seven contests, including The Daphne, The Lone Star and the Heart of the Rockies. In addition to Mississippi Blues, I have several other completed manuscripts.
I would very much like to send you a partial or full manuscript.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
O-town, Colorado XXXXX
Love to hear any tips you have on query or synopsis writing. Tune in tomorrow to learn what tip Kristi has!