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#1 TraceyB

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 10:22 AM

An agent requests a 3 line synopsis at the top of an email and an attached one page synopsis. Do I take this to mean that I do not pitch the book in the email apart from the 3 line synopsis? She also requests biographical information in the email. I have spent a long time working on a query email that pitches the book.



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Posted 24 March 2018 - 12:13 PM

Can you provide a link to the submission guidelines?

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Posted 25 March 2018 - 02:58 PM

Do I take this to mean that I do not pitch the book in the email apart from the 3 line synopsis?

 

 

I would say yes. I've been involved in a couple of query events at SavvyAuthor, and they recommend setting up the three lines like this:

 

1. Goal: Introduce the MC and his goal.

 

2. Motivation: Define the reason for his goal and what stands in his way. (you can introduce the antagonist in this sentence)

 

3. Stakes: Explain what will happen if the MC doesn't achieve his goal.

 

After almost 2 years of querying, that formula got me 3 requests for fulls and so far, 2 offers from publishers (still waiting on that third request). I hope it works as well for you!


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 05:59 AM

 

Can you provide a link to the submission guidelines?

 

http://www.carolines...oming-a-client/

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 03:12 PM

It looks like the three-sentence synopsis takes the place of the query.


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 09:06 AM

It looks like the three-sentence synopsis takes the place of the query.

Thank you that really helps


I would say yes. I've been involved in a couple of query events at SavvyAuthor, and they recommend setting up the three lines like this:

 

1. Goal: Introduce the MC and his goal.

 

2. Motivation: Define the reason for his goal and what stands in his way. (you can introduce the antagonist in this sentence)

 

3. Stakes: Explain what will happen if the MC doesn't achieve his goal.

 

After almost 2 years of querying, that formula got me 3 requests for fulls and so far, 2 offers from publishers (still waiting on that third request). I hope it works as well for you!

I'm working on it now. Thank you so much and good luck to you too.







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