Margaret talks about writing outlines
Writing outlines for publishers can be tricky. How long to make it? How short?
How much detail? Writing a short outline initially is perhaps the wisest approach. (I’m not talking about my short romances here, but mainstream fiction).
So what to include?
A brief outline of the setting.
A brief outline of the characters and their dialogue. Enough to tell the publisher what the story is about in as few words as possible. Enough for them to get the essence of the story.
If this provokes interest they will read the whole book and you'll wait with bated breath and fingers crossed, hoping they like it and are willing to publish.
First acceptances are always the most exciting. I remember when it happened to me. I grabbed hold of my husband and we danced around the room, my son and daughter thinking we were mad because they didn’t know what was going on.
What has been your reaction if/when you’ve had a first novel accepted?