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There is a literary agency which I would like to query, in fact which I probably should have queried some time ago, but I haven't yet. Their submission guidelines call for a synopsis of 2 pages along with the query letter.

I am talking about Novel 1, here. I would have to come up with 2 pages of text to describe a book of over 300 pages, single spaced. I already have the mini-synopsis that I use in the query letter, and I have the long-form one that I've used for other agencies, and now they're calling for a 2-page format.

Just how many of these damned things will I have to write?!

Don't wanna! Don't wanna! Don't wanna! So of course I will.

The question is whether I'll get started on it today, while I have no work to do and am well-nourished from the Nooshi bento box on which I splurged for lunch today, or put it off for when I'm distracted, frayed and borderline-hypoglycemic.

Actually, a second cup of coffee is probably in order, too.

Oh, and as long as I'm here; this computer really needs a browser update, the post page looks like shit.
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...that makes me want to curl up in a ball and put myself in a coma for a few decades.

I've finished writing the rough draft of the synopsis for Novel 2, which is women's fiction, 48k words. It's really quite a straightforward story, right? It comes out to about 97 pages in Word or equivalent software. Which means that an appropriately paced synopsis ought to be, what, 2 pages?

Even cutting out the theme, tone and background parts? This one's 6 pages.

Which means I need to hack it down to approximately 1/3 its size. And this time, I actually have an agent who wants to see a query for this! But it's already been over 2 weeks since she asked to see it, and she might not remember it if I keep twiddling my thumbs.

Now, if you'll excuse me while I beat the damn thing into submission (no pun intended)...

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