Help with Hook and Synopsis for Romance...Pretty Please...
Edit: I have been told that what I called a synopsis in fact, isn't. I guess I used the wrong term. Back Matter or blurb is correct: the two to three paragraphs you find on the back of the book jacket.
am at the portion of the process where I am developing my query. I’ve read up
on ‘the hook’ and studied the synopsis, but I just don’t know if I’m on track.
I’ve posted these on the appropriate boards as well, but I would like the
opinions and suggestions of fellow Romance writers: We are, after all, Romance
readers too. Am I in the ball park? Feel free to make any suggestions. The
Manuscript is , a steamy contemporary Romance about a plus size girl with all
the insecurities that go with it.
Hook: Curves, brains and a Hard Rock bad boy may earn
ballsy Engineer, Avery Barrows, a trip down the rabbit hole…with no return
The Synopsis ( The Back Matter):
Smart and Curvy Avery has penchants
for Hard Rock and porn, a foul mouth with no filter, and she is having identity
crises of major proportions. It is, after all, hard to be the 'curvy' one when
you’re bestie is a former model, and Avery has built some very sturdy walls to
protect herself from rejection...So what’s a smart girl with a lot of curves
gotta do to get laid?
Not much, if you ask Declan, front
man for the Hard Rock band ‘BlackSmith’…Not much at all. With a body made for
depravity and a voice as tempting as the devil himself, Declan prefers his
women as curvy as his guitars; but he has his own demons to worry about...
Set against a backdrop of dark
magic, sinful music and the sultry New Orleans moon, fire erupts when Avery and
Declan begin the age-old dance of men and women, but when the two discover a
soul deep connection that transcends lifetimes, will Fate be enough to turn
lust into love?
It is just a vacation after
So there you have it. I'm open to any and all suggestions, criticism and praise. Am I any where close? The workshopped manuscript is Moonlight & Whiskey and I've posted about 50%
--edited by Tricia McKee on 9/23/2015, 10:43 PM--
A query letter needs a true synopsis. The editor will want to know that the manuscript has been written and that the plot has been fully developed. It's not meant for marketing purposes but to let the editor know what the book is truly about. A short synopsis should cover the basic plot, while a longer one should go into more detail and chronicle the twists and turns the narrative takes.
I hope this helps.