"Writing a synopsis does not mean you have to throw yourself into a tar pit
before you roll in the feathers." -Beth Anderson
I went to my daughter's Parent-Teacher conference last night. She does very well when it comes to reading and writing, but--the teacher pointed out--she needs to work on capitalization and punctuation. Now, understand that my daughter knows very well how to use capitals and proper punctuation; she just doesn't want to be bothered with the details. This doesn't come as a surprise to me--I see that in other places as well (including cleaning her room). But it did make me stop and think. I also don't like to bother with the little details. Details like finding out the name of a person to whom I can address my query letter. Sending out reminder postcards when I haven't heard from a publisher in what is now eight months. Thank-you notes for those editors who took the time to write an encouraging personal note at the bottom of the form rejection. Even details like sending a manuscript--or short story, or essay--out again, and again, and again.
A few days ago I was all set to send out two copies of my Black Dragon manuscript. Then I heard that the price of a stamp was going up. Of course, I had already enclosed my SASE and sealed up the whole package. I was so tempted just to send it--I mean, come on! They could afford to throw a two cent stamp on it, couldn't they? And how could they expect me to consider that ahead of time?
In the end I opened everything up and hauled out the SASE and put a two cent stamp on it. Details. What is the old saying? The devil's in the details? Something like that. I wish I could just concentrate on the story--but I suppose I must deal with the details as well.
What details are driving you crazy? Anyone hear about those life-long stamps? Stamps that are good even if the price goes up?
***On a side note, I found on of those links on the site that Karen mentioned to be a wonderful help. I am working on writing a synopsis for the book I recently started, and Beth Anderson's article on how to write a tight synopsis has given me a step-by-step guide. I found out that part of my problem has been that I don't really know what I am writing--what the main focus of the book is going to be--journey to self-acceptance or romance. Makes a big difference.