So, I have 75,000 words approximately of a novel I label as mystery/crime/cozy. The synopsis needs to be about 500. A generalisation as different agencies or publishers may request a different number.
Where do I start? I’ve checked a variety of Internet sites with loads of helpful advice.
A good practice is to determine the genre and the criteria for the genre which will help define the plot. Genre is valuable for many reasons not least is so books stores or libraries can determine which category shelf to display the book.
Cozy Mystery Genre
According to Wikipedia
Also referred to as “cozies”, are a sub-genre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.
Righto, then. My novel downplays sex and violence, for the most part, and the community is small but not village-like.
Goodreads also state that the Cozy is fast paced, with several twists and turns, an amateur sleuth, usually female, often with a partner or friend in the police force, with emphasis on the plot and character development.
Jessica Fletcher in Cabot Cove is the prime example.
Incidentally, I noted sub-sub-genres e.g. Cozy culinary; Cozy historical; Cozy science fiction; Cozy British, and so on.
Sticking to Wikipedia
A literary genre that fictionalises crimes, their detection, criminals, and their motives. It is usually distinguished from mainstream fiction and other genres such as historical fiction or science fiction, but the boundaries are indistinct.
Great! I love the last bit.
Mystery Novel Genre:
Is a type of fiction in which a detective, or other professional, solves a crime or series of crimes. It can take the form of a novel or short story. This genre may also be called detective or crime novels.
It usually involves a mysterious death or a crime to be solved. Often with a closed circle of suspects, each suspect is usually provided with a credible motive and a reasonable opportunity for committing the crime. The central character oftentimes will be a detective who eventually solves the mystery by logical deduction from facts presented to the reader. This is a Wikipedia unverified definition.
Given this information, I’m sticking to my genres even if they don’t tick all the boxes.
I’ve drafted several versions of a synopsis all within 500-600 words on one page. One concentrates on the MC’s emotional change, an other focuses on one plot, and a third throws diverse plots at the main character because the inciting incident provoke the action.
Now, I’m sitting on the fence for a day or two before settling on one.
Keep the writing flowing. Catch you soon.