[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Re: To Carrie

  • From: "Mary Otten" <maryotten@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 17:58:59 -0600

Your point re the long synopsis is well taken, except that people have been 
slammed for doing as you suggest, that is, putting a note saying see long 
synopsis. With all the picking that goes on sometimes on the 
list, its not difficult to understand why some might become discouraged and 
decide to just bag submitting altogether.
On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 15:38:15 -0800, vining@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

>True, but couldn't one then at least write a long synopsis, and make a note
>that there is one available in the short synopsis field? "see long synopsis"
>or somesuch? Yes, it's still an extra step to have to click on the title to
>see it, but at least the option is there. I tend not to read books which
>have no synopsis, if I'm not already familiar with the author, and I'm
>probably missing some very good reads.

>I agree though, having some way to check the length of the short synopsis
>would be so helpful! I worked on one yesterday that took about six tries
>before being short enough.


>From: "Mary Otten"
>> another possible interpretation for the lack of synopsis may be that the
>originator or the validator ran into the 200 character limit and got
>disgusted. I know some people think its no big deal to make a meaningful
>> synopsis fit into 200 characters, and for them, maybe it isn't. But if
>you've tried writing one and been bitten by the "your synopsis is too long"
>message multiple times fort the same book, you might come to understand
>> why somebody could get discouraged.  I sure hope that when improvements
>are made to the submission form, something is done about that text field
>where one enters the short synopsis, so that we knoe in advance
>> when we've hit the end and don't have to find out the hard way.
>> mary

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