My goal for last week was to complete my long- and short-form synopses. These are the tantalizing tinctures containing all the major points, conflicts and characters of the story. In 2 pages. HAHA HHAHAHAHAHHA. But seriously, folks. Producing a synopsis, even a long one, is a mind-bendingly arduous process. It's so difficult that literary agents have trouble even discussing it.
But, it's valuable. I discovered the massive absence of conflict in a prior manuscript as I attempted to cobble together the synopsis. Point to synopsis.
So, I'm nearly done, just have to polish my one-pager, and I can send my query off to the remainder of my first wave of agents. So far, I've been pleasantly surprised at the responses, though I only have a few out. The stats, as of 4:00 PM AKST, are:
Queries Sent: 4
Full MS Requests: 1
Partial MS Requests: 1