My manuscript is now in a friend’s hands with instructions to be brutal with her comments. I can’t rest though, because I still have to tackle the synopsis. To me, the synopsis is even worse than the elevator pitch and query (unfortunately none of them are easy for me). My first drafts all read like play by plays (this happened, and then this happened next); soooo boring to read. Not all agents ask for a synopsis initially, but I still want to have it done before I query in case it’s requested…because I want someone to be interested enough to ask for it 😉
Just for fun, I thought I’d share the first paragraph of my first mystery novel. It doesn’t give anything away (because I’m paranoid, you know). What are your thoughts: boring? entertaining? dumb? Be honest; I can take it!
“It’s another scorcher!” That’s how the local meteorologists described the day, and most other June days, in Phoenix, Arizona. On the evening news, three days on the 7-day forecast even included a graphic of flames. Marissa Jenkins knew one other place associated with flames and wondered if it implied that Phoenix was Hell on Earth; it made for an interesting tourism slogan. If next week’s weather forecast featured a pitchfork, she’d know for sure.