It's a terrifying folder, really. Built on the back of that other folder I have for synopsises.
An author asked me the other day if I had my query letter and synopsis all ready to go. She knows I'm targeting this month to be finished with my SFD.
I guess I was a bit shocked. It felt like that would be putting the cart before the horse.
I wrote a synopsis ages ago, and that will definitely need re-tooled. Why sweat out a query letter as well, only to have to re-sweat later?
Well, kinda. The thing with the exercise of writing a synopsis and query letter is that it makes you examine your story from a different perspective.
Rather than being in the middle of the forest, where you can see only so many trees around you at any given moment, writing a synopsis (ugh!) and query letter (blick!) are like flying over the forest in a helicopter. (Or, if you prefer, a glider.) You can see so much more of the countryside, and how everything works together. The details aren't apparent, but the location and shape and expanse are easy to see.
I'm not advocating everyone do this, but it couldn't hurt. Even if you have to suck it up and do them all again later.
CR: Plan B by Anne Lammot. It's a compilation kind of thing, so it will be easy to put down and come back to when the Barclay arrives.
It's all better with friends.