Writing is crawling along, slowly. Very slowly. The synopsis for When Life Hands You Lymes has been one of my focuses and so far I’ve not completely freaked out, so that’s a good sign. And when I say “not completely” that means I have freaked out about one half to two thirds of the way.
See, the synopsis was going well and I was researching how to write one and felt overwhelmed but at least as if I had everything under control. I glanced through my book, thought about the different plot points and wrote down a quick outline of what all is in the book. After that I typed out a basic (and very, very rough) synopsis. About this time I started feeling pretty good about the synopsis. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be.
Then the thought hit me. This is what is going to sell my book. Gulp. Not the killer first line (haha, that’s a pun since this is the first line: I always go to bed with my room spotless, my hair braided and my pajamas clean; I have a phobia of being found dead in a dirty room.), not the first three pages. Not even the first chapter. I mean, yes, those things will help, but I’m pretty sure the “people” out there read the synopsis first.
And that’s when I began freaking out and had to remind myself to just breath calmly and keep going because without the synopsis they aren’t going to be seeing the first line of the book and without the first line they aren’t going to see the second line and without the second line… Y’all get the point.
So. The synopsis. I would post it on here for y’all to see, but I don’t want to give away the whole book and when writing a synopsis you’re supposed to tell all the “punch lines”, therefore I decided not to share it with y’all. I still need to do tweaking and I need some people to help me with critiquing it and I’m trying to polish it up so it glows like a bright little candle in the depths of a dark cave. That will attract notice, right?
And while on the subject of being noticed by a publisher, I was wondering if y’all would help me with my author bio. I wanted to include something about Lyme disease in the bio I use to pitch When Life Hands You Lymes. I have two different author bio’s to choose from and I was hoping y’all could help me out by voting for which one you think is better. Thanks!
#1. Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something author who spent her teenage years reading and writing late at night while fighting Lyme disease. She enjoys hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe and exploring caves. Lydia grew up in a barn, is an enthusiastic writer of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction and has three published books: Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl, Action Kids’ Club, and Cool Critters of the Ice Age. She blogs regularly at Noveltea.
#2. Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something Lyme disease survivor who is partial to hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe and exploring caves. Lydia grew up in a barn, is an enthusiastic writer of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction and has three published books: Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl, Action Kids’ Club, and Cool Critters of the Ice Age. She blogs regularly at Noveltea.