The Scream Series – #2: Ask Rhetorical Questions in Query

I wrote The Scream Series to highlight experiences I’ve had over the years that frustrate the bejabbers out of me…and it’s not because I’m being put out (well okay, that’s part of it), but because authors are adversely affected (which I think is criminal). Be it through an author’s own lack of understanding or someone else who screws up the publishing works; it’s important for authors to know the pitfalls and downfalls. I want authors to be successful. Let the screaming begin:

Scream #2 – Asking Rhetorical Questions in Your Synopsis

The reason for a synopsis is to tell me about your story. I need information. This is not the time to be coy with hinty little questions meant to ignite the Pavolvian drooly response of “Ooo 0oo, tell me more!” I want to scream, because they don’t make me drool at all. It’s more like bug repellent.

Examples of this: “Will I stay resolved, or will my fears take over? Or will I overcome?”

I DON’T KNOW!!! It’s your story; you’re supposed to tell ME! These teasers are fine for a book trailer, but not for a busy acquiring editor who’s looking for information to decide whether the book is a possible hit or miss. These questions don’t tell me anything.

When an author puts these annoying drooly questions into their synopsis, they reveal themselves to be a noob (someone who doesn’t know what they don’t know).

Authors who do this are putting themselves behind the eight ball. Don’t. Just…don’t.


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