For my novel Life at the Death House, I have been working on a synopsis and a pitch for about a year. Admittedly, I was mostly brainstorming and writing ideas down for the largest part of that year, but I was working on it nonetheless.
In November, when Glen was away, I spent weeks writing and re-writing and writing and re-writing my pitch and synopsis. I sent it out to about fifteen or so people for feedback. I dreamt about them, I read them over and over. I read articles about writing synopses and pitches daily, sometimes all day because it’s so easy to get lost in the joy of reading articles about writing. I read Writer’s Digest and Writers Edit blog posts all the time. I love them and love that both sites have so much amazing information to learn.
I have heard – always – that the pitch and the synopsis have to be crisp, clean, appealing and “just right”. So I put a lot of time into making them just so. On December 9th, 2016, I made the last few changes to both documents and then ignored them. I took about three weeks away from them, and now that I’ve re-read them to myself, I am very pleased.
I think that all the work I put into writing both documents paid off in the end because I was able to read them and not make one single edit to either. It’s a refreshing feeling to go back to something and just feel like it reads right and is ready.