The best way to write a good 300-word synopsis is to first write a really shitty thousand-word one.

As my stroll down Compression Street, went from 1000, to 820, to 504, to 477, it became clear that, like most painful, grueling things in life, writing a synopsis is highly beneficial. It’s not only a good writing exercise in itself, it forces you to view your manuscript in a new light.

During my research into this horrible little process, I read one tip saying it’s a good idea to write the synopsis before you write the book. Then it’s already out of the way.

Not. A bad. Idea.

I also came to feel that compression is not as good a descriptor as squeezing or wringing. But maybe now I’m just moving commas around.

After researching and considering independent publishing, I decided to try taking [Working Title] the traditional publishing route. Even if nothing comes of it, or I grow impatient with waiting, it will be a good learning experience.

So begins Day One of my journey down Traditional Publishing Road.

The day has consisted of gathering names and profiles of agents and agents and more agents.

Fortunately, there is the internet.

Also fortunately, agents need writers, so they’re not too hard to find. Weeding through them and finding the ones that are A.) a good match, and B.) simply good, is a different beast altogether.