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#1 kellyann

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:34 PM

First I apologize to the powers that be - I didn't follow submission guidelines on how to post a synopsis. So if it gets deleted that may be a blessing. Ok I feel cleansed now.


I KNOW we have discussed this before but I can't find the post. Is a synopsis for a memoir in 3rd or 1st person and is it in present or past. I thought 3rd and present but
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Posted 13 June 2011 - 03:41 PM

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 03:46 PM

My understanding is it should be 1st person past.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 08:37 PM

My understanding is it should be 1st person past.



good evening, well first I have to apologize AGAIN my computer has had a mind of it's own lately - soo I posed this question twice which is interesting cause the answers conflict. :huh: so I would hope that agents have the same conflicting answers and won't hold it against me if i chose the "wrong tense" or what they prefer. I am kinda putting the horse in front of the carriage as no one has asked for one. :laugh:
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Posted 14 June 2011 - 09:20 AM

As you're aware, Kellyann, I don't claim to be an authority when it comes to memoir, so I could be wrong. But I've seen it stated on some blogs of memoir writers. Plus it just kinda makes sense to me. "I did this, I didn't do that. I wanted to tell the world, but the world's ears were filled with wax..." First person, simple past.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 07:12 PM

As you're aware, Kellyann, I don't claim to be an authority when it comes to memoir, so I could be wrong. But I've seen it stated on some blogs of memoir writers. Plus it just kinda makes sense to me. "I did this, I didn't do that. I wanted to tell the world, but the world's ears were filled with wax..." First person, simple past.





that makes more sense to me I was having a hard time referring to myself as Kelly so better get revising again but... query letters are always 3rd person correct.

Just when I think I've learned the rules the game changes. I like that Miss Snark referred to the memoir as the platypus of the publishing world :smile: :smile:
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