12.30.2005

That's all for today, Friday

We're on pace to finish up over the weekend, maybe the last few on Monday.
After we finish the synopsis I'm going to take some time off.
This sucked up a lot more time than I thought, but it's been worth it.
I hope it has for y'all too.

One of the things that has really amazed me is no one, not one single person has posted or emailed me with "Miss Snark you suck gym sox". Everyone has really sucked up the critiques and there have been some pretty brutal comments. "mess" "yuck" "yawn" are not words I'd want to see attached to my posts.

I salute you all, particularly those who got savaged, for real grace under pressure.

Thanks.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think perhaps I love you, Miss Snark.

This is really amazing, thank you so much for doing it.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Someone once said to me, you can't be thin skinned and be a writer!

We can't learn to be better, if we don't know what's wrong!

You don't suck Miss Snark, You ROCK!

M. G. Tarquini said...

Miss Snark, the kind of help, commentary you offer here is gold. Anybody serious about their writing is going to take it for that and do their best to learn from it. The time you've devoted to these synopses is nothing short of admirable. Were there a Literary Medal of Honor to bestow for doing this, I'd hand it to you.

And as far as being tough. We learn more from what's wrong with our work than we learn from what's right. You're teaching us to self-edit, to see our work through your eyes. So, thank you.

Candice Gilmer said...

Miss Snark,

I'm sure I can speak for everyone when I say that your doing this is such an amazing thing, and we appreciate you taking the time out of your life to do this for us, because it's a true learning experience for everyone!


Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Look, a lot of this stuff DOES suck bloody rags for just the reasons you say. But the idea that you're going through synopses every day looking for cute gimmicks rather than looking for a few pages of good writing--say it ain't so.

Bump in the Night said...

Reading the synopses and your comments has been a great help to an observer like me. You're a generous soul, Miss Snark. I don't know where else I could get an insightful learning experience like this.

cdc said...

And we salute you, Miss Snark. And to think I once feared the Crapometer; to think I once feared the synopsis...

kitty said...

You rock, Miss Snark! I didn't have anything to submit this time but I'm still learning.

Breathe said...

at least with you we know why things aren't working. That is well worth the price of admission, IMHO. If you can't take a few right crosses, then this is the wrong biz to be in.

Lucy Lui is only interested in getting on the tabliod pages with the blondes. Worry not.

The Green Cedar said...

Miss Snark, I'm a lo-o-ong way from having anything ready to synopsize, but reading these entries and your comments is a real education. Thank you! And may the gin pail overflow with the Good Stuff.

Dee said...

Believe me, we're all getting so much from your comments. Quite helpful. Of course, now I'm having an anxiety attack, because I'm convinced you didn't get mine...or my word count was off because of Word...or maybe Killer Yapp ate it, or......

well, you know what I mean...

Anonymous said...

I want to add my salute -- this exercise has been a major bonus for anyone with serious publication aspirations -- hats off to Miss Snark for her very generous offerings.

Laurie said...

I wish I'd known about this sooner....

Miss Snark, you are a generous soul for doing this. Hopefully next time, I'll be one of your victims. :D

allan said...

What I write sucks.

I want others to write well so I can enjoy their works.

Thanks

Bridget Medora said...

I'd like to add my sincere thanks to the multitude. THANK YOU for giving of yourself this way, Miss Snark. Even though I didn't submit my synopsis I am still learning tons. What you're doing is invaluable, and I'm in your debt. (I bet I'm not alone in that sentiment either.)

As soon as I figure out how to e-mail you extra hours of spare time, believe me I will make sure you have a slew of them to use in whatever way you see fit. =)

Anonymous said...

I have developed a major crush on you.

Michelle said...

I didn't have a chance to get my synopsis in during the deadline, but reading the critiques of everyone else has been so helpful! It's been fascinating, educational, and though I'm sure there were some wounded feelings out there, I'll bet those folks would rather hear the bad news from an anonymous agent than from an editor. We can fix a bad synopsis. Though I'm tempted to just send pages and not a synopsis, since I hate writing them. :)

archer said...

Thank you, Miss Snark. Probably word of this will get out, your popularity will grow, and you'll have five thousand submissions next time. Meanwhile, we're the lucky ones --the people who happened to be having a late snack at the Rainbow Grill the night Sinatra dropped by and decided he felt like singing.

quanty p biederman said...

Miss Snark, thank you again. I have searched the web & bookstores in vain for this kind of information. I can only come up with very sketchy how-tos. I have learned so much.

I wrote a comment earlier, chickening out because I now see the many mistakes I've made. I'm glad I botched the post, because if Miss Snark's critique of my work helps someone in return, it will be worth a little momentary squirming on my part.

Cheers to all who have graciously accepted critique for the benefit of those of us who were clueless.

Miss Snark said...

Dee, we're only up to #70. There are 30 more to go. It ain't over!

Bernita said...

Saint Snark.
Our Lady of Words.

Anonymous said...

Miss Snark, this has been a very generous thing you've done - not only for those who submitted but for those who are only reading the crapometer. We're all taking notes and soaking it. It's education and information of the best kind. Is it any wonder that your blog has become a favorite of so many. I constantly rec it on my journal, and the usual response is "Thanks! That's a gem of information. I'm off to check her out now!"

So, thanks! Not just for the crapometer but for the whole shooting match.

Anonymous said...

Did everyone notice that Miss Snark said she wanted to take some time off after her synopses marathon? Let's help by not bugging her with questions until the smoking light is once again lit. National treasures must be carefully maintained.

Dee said...

thanks for offering some relief to my anxiety.
guess it's not over til the the fat lady sings...oh wait...I didn't mean YOU were fat...nooooooo......

See, that's what I get for using a cliche! Killer App just left a paperbag outside my door, and rang the bell!

Happy New Years.

Anonymous said...

I'm overwhelmed by your generousity and I didn't even submit my synopsis. You've made me believe in human connection, Miss Snark. You're a real hero and I squirm uncomfortably in your presence. Why? Because I realize I can only receive your goodness -- I have nothing to offer in return. And I want to somehow repay you for the truly amazing feat you've just performed. I want to reach out and give you a little bit of the goodness that you've given us. Cue the harps. The sun has just come out on a very gray day. (That is the truth, Miss Snark, not fiction.) Perhaps you really are a saint.

Brenda Bradshaw said...

I'm like several others here: I didn't know about this until the deadline was past (dang family needs at Christmas anyway!) but I've read and read and attempted to absorb all I can from what you're TEACHING people. This is one of the best online sources for synopses I've come across. Real examples and real feedback to them. It doesn't get any better than this, AND you respond to comments too (I know some people that don't.)

So a honker-ass thank you from yet another grateful soul. Hopefully I want come in on the tail of it next time, and can get my own synopsis or query or whatever ran through the Crapometer.

Rock on, chica!

Jo Bourne said...

Miss Snark -

Again, thank you.

This '100 Synopses Marathon' and the August 'First Ten Pages' are going to become famous on the Net.

Well, more famous.

If you will forgive the impertinence ... what's your favorite charity? If you will share this with me, or post a link on your site, I will express my appreciation by a small contribution in your name.

Miss Snark said...

Hi Jo,
Another Snarkling asked me that a couple days back so I did a whatgoesaround.org list.

If you go to www.whatgoesaround.org
and type in Miss Snark, a list comes up of places I love.

I very much appreciate your kindness and generosity. Thank you!

kathie said...

It has been a blast to read the work of others and to see your thoughts regarding it. I've learned a lot, like others and think those who submitted to you are awesome.