I found this little gem at BubbleCow when I was wandering aimlessly about on the net tonight.
I'm struggling with the whole query-letter-and-synopsis-thingy at the moment. I'm trying to write it as I write the novel, the theory being that while I am full immersed in the book I will be able to easily capture the essence of the story.
Honestly, I'm not sure if it is working!
I'm finding all the conflicting ideas about how exactly a query letter should (or should not) be laid out and what should come in where very confusing.
I mean, does it really matter if the hook of my novel comes first or my reasons for approaching the agent/publisher. Will I really be penalised for getting the order wrong here?
Personally I doubt agents are quite that anal. So long as I can hook them with the unique power of my story I should be right, right?
But then, that is a chore in itself, isn't it?
How can I capture the magic of my story in one or two short paragraphs without it sounding like any other fantasy (in a made up country in jeopardy from within, inhabited by fantastical creatures).
After all there are other stories out there about princesses who save the day, other stories with magic and shapeshifters and dryads and centaurs and ... well, maybe not collosus. Sure my creatures are different, but how does one capture that uniqueness in one or two short paragraphs?
Needless to say, it's a work in progress.
Note to self: STOP banging your head against the desk - I'm getting a headache!
Thus ends my rant for today...