* If you are a professional writer and tell me you can’t write a synopsis, I will roll a newspaper into a tight tube and beat you with it.
* It’s much easier to write a synopsis for a plot-driven action-adventure romance than for a character-driven relationship-based romance. Dead bodies and explosions can liven up anything. The more times you can type And then some shit gets blown up, the less you have to focus on their feelings, right?
* I have been reminded several times in the last few days that the chapters sell the book, not the synopsis. In rebuttal (here in public where she can’t slap me upside the head), the chapters might sell an editor on a book, but she in turn will use the synopsis to sell the house on the book, and then—should a contract be offered—the synopsis is used by marketing, the art department, the blurb department and so on. So I can obsess if I want to, dammit.
* Reiterating the internal conflict a hundred different ways will not disguise the lack of a strong external conflict.
* I like to end the working drafts of my synopses with And they lived happily ever after. Sometimes I forget to take it out.
* It’s probably best not to mention raccoons in the synopsis. They come off much better in context.