Not quite the jaunty start to 2020 I hoped for, but at least I can wish you a Happy New Year and Valentines Day at the same time.
One reason for my absence is my self-imposed, many-weeks long assignment to study, learn and act upon the querying process for memoir submissions. I’ve included a few links for anyone in the same boat. Or out at sea, as I have been, storm or otherwise.
Before the bad weather hit last weekend, I took a walk by the sea. A literal calm before the storm in the late afternoon.
It helps process thoughts in a writerly brain such as how to write a good elevator pitch. Razzle Dazzle: The Art and Craft of the Elevator Pitch by Ruth Harris gives some great pointers.
Hard to imagine how hard it can be to find a few good words with this view…
Writing a synopsis, an approximately 500 word, chronological summary of your entire book revealing the key plot with major twists, is no easy task either. Writing the Dreaded Novel Synopsis? These Two Simple Hacks Will Help by Anne R Allen gives great advice.
The snyopsis reveals the ending, unlike the blurb which keeps us guessing. Looking at this full moon in a clear, winter sky kept me guessing about the storm heading our way.
Jane Friedman’s excellent article, The Complete Guide to Query Letters pinged into my inbox just in time…
‘This post focuses on query letters for novels, although the same advice applies to memoirists, because both novelists and memoirists are selling a story. Nonfiction book queries are addressed here.’
The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2020 is a fantastic resource, packed full of agent and publisher submission advice.
I hope this is helpful, and if anyone has any memoir submission tips, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Storm Dennis is on its way this weekend (storms didn’t used to have names, did they?), but no seaside shots this time; I’m holding out for some snow…
Happy New Valentines Day!
Love Sherri x