I'm Back

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Did you miss me (all 1 or 2 of you)? I've been to California to see my family and tour San Francisco and lay on the beach at Santa Cruz. It was wonderful. But now I'm back.

I've made some interesting observations regarding asking for critiques of query letters and synopses. I've post mine on several different sites and got some great ideas from members of each. But, I found that no matter how good the query/synopsis is, these people will always find something wrong.

Just a word to the wise. It's up to the author (me in this case) to say "enough." Somewhere along the line, I have to say it's good enough to begin sending it out, or I will never send it out.

So, with that said, I've totally revised my query (again) and have written what I think is a pretty good synopsis, though it's still a tad too long. Most people say it should only be one page, single spaced, or two double spaced. Mine is 2 1/2 pages, double spaced. Not impossible to overcome, but I'm afraid if I cut any more, I'll either lose the story idea, or make the verbiage sound stilted. Anyway, I will keep working on it.
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About Paul West

Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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  1. Oh I am sooo jealous. I haven't been to the beach in a while, and I'm thinking I'm going through withdrawal. Sorry for the airhead agents...you'll find one!

  2. Hi Gaynell (I hope I spelled that right).

    Good to hear from you. I was afraid no one was visiting my blog any more.

    I'm not about to give up, but I am running out of agents to query. Next will be the publishers.

  3. Oh, and that picture on my post. Someone just sent that to me a few weeks ago. It's a photo of my gg grandfather Malcolm Metcalf.