Here’s a handy life lesson: “Never assume.” Agent #4 was the one who I very nearly didn’t bother with because she listed one of her interests as “historical and biblical fiction” and I assumed that she’d be more into stories about gladiators and Trojan wars than my wanna be movie stars and conniving movie moguls. WRONG!
I just got back a very nicely-worded email from her (personal assistant) saying they “would be happy to take a look“. They want me to send them some sample chapters so I’m sending them the first four which introduces the three main characters. They also asked for a synopsis of all nine novels. Fortunately I’ve outlined them all in detail and have written up a synopsis so I’m good to go.
A word about writing a synopsis: IT’S REALLY HARD! You’d think that after having written a novel – or a detailed outline of nine novels – that to write a summary which gives all the salient details would be a piece of double fudge chocolate cake with lemon icing and a huge dollop of Devonshire clotted cream. Nuh-uh! IT’S REALLY HARD! So I’m awfully glad that I put the effort in a couple of months ago because now that somebody has actually asked for it, I’m not freaking out like a crazy person running around the room screaming, “How do I do this? What’s the format? How long is too long? How much is too much? Which tense do I write it in?” (FYI, it turns out you write synopses in the present tense so that it feels more immediate to the reader. So now you know.)