How the heck do I write a synopsis!?

Last night I spent pretty much….all night working on my synopsis. It was one of those nights where I knew I wouldn’t be able to get it perfect but I needed to get it done. This is a great exercise even if it doesn’t get me the agent.

I started with a 1,300 word synopsis and wanted to cry thinking, “How am I going to get this down to 700 words?!” It was 10pm, I had to wake up at 7am. I had 10 hours to complete this. Ha! That’s hilarious, because I am one of those that needs SLEEP!

sleeping anna

By 1 am I was at 698 words. I couldn’t believe it. I have a synopsis. Is this the final synopsis, no probably not. But I am making progress and that is what counts right now. Tomorrow I am going to be sending my manuscript and synopsis to the agent and will cross my fingers that I will hear back from her.

Maybe I will, maybe I won’t. Either way, this has been a very exciting moment in my my writing life. One I will never forget, one that will keep me going!

Now….perhaps I should stop making changes to the edit. Hehehe….

A Positive Query AND Pie…how did I get so lucky!?

I’m going to start this post with a happy dance and a major high five.



Peeps of the blogging world, I FINALLY HAD AN AGENT ASK TO READ MY MANUSCRIPT! None of that: thanks but no thanks. And not a single word of: I’m just not looking for your content at this time. I got a LEGIT positive request to read my manuscript.

I can’t believe it!!! Now there is no saying she will like it, I mean she could get halfway through it and think, “well crap, this is not at all what I want to work on right now.” But you know what, I don’t even care. I am so over the moon that I have a solid query and someone responded to it.

I do have to send a shout out to John Fox for posting the list of literary agents looking for new work, and my friend Shirley for forwarding me his blog with this list of names.

I won’t stop here though, I have 9 other agents to query. I won’t stop until I land an agent. I won’t stop until I succeed!

And now pie……


I Just Can’t Stop Adding To It!

I realize the saying “An artists work is never done, the project is only every abandoned,” because in truth I feel that my first manuscript isn’t completed. Not that it isn’t polished, and in my personal opinion, damn close to being done. It’s more that I keep thinking, “But I could add this, and it would make it better!”

After re-listening to Game of Thrones on audio book, and having just finished reading The Gender Games, I am realizing that I do indeed have more to say in my first book. I have more world to build and more details to impart to the readers. I have heard several times from several different people, “Stop it Jess, you have written a good book. You need to move on to book 2!” And I have, so I can officially tell those people to shut it. Ha!

But….I am still tweaking and working on adding more into book 1. I can’t help it! There is just…more to say.

Having said all of this, I will admit that I have started writing a new chapter. And as much as it’s a bit difficult to work in I do really believe that it will be worth the effort to add in some additional “world building” scenes.

Now, all of THAT being said I also just submitted my work to 5 more agents. I feel like I am playing a game of time. I will keep writing, tinkering, and reworking until an agent says, “Yes, I want it!” And then…and only then, will I hand over book 1 and truly start this whole process over again on book 2.

Dear lord above, the old gods and the new….please let book 2 be easier than book 1.

In the mean time, I have realized that I do indeed have a grumpy puppy. Look at this face!