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Help with Hook and Synopsis for Romance...Pretty Please...
Tricia McKee
Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 10:12 PM
Joined: 7/7/2015
Posts: 36


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.

 

 Hi all,


I 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.


   

The Hook:  Curves, brains and a Hard Rock bad boy may earn ballsy Engineer, Avery Barrows, a trip down the rabbit hole…with no return ticket…

 

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 all…

 

  

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--


Emma Burnside
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 11:29 AM
Joined: 3/4/2015
Posts: 11


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.


Tricia McKee
Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:39 PM
Joined: 7/7/2015
Posts: 36


Thank you, I am working on a true synopsis now, this is what I consider the back jacket blurb, I confused the terms. I would love to have your opinion on what I do have.
Emma Burnside
Posted: Friday, September 25, 2015 9:53 AM
Joined: 3/4/2015
Posts: 11


I think it's a good start.  It needs some tidying up as far as grammar and punctuation, and the idea of vacation is tossed in at the end with no reference to it beforehand.  Does Avery go to New Orleans for vacation?  Or Declan?  A little about what brings them to the same spot to meet would be a good addition.  But it does address who the audience is (harder-edged, not your typical romantic heroine, paranormal elements) and entices them into the story.
 

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