When I write my short synopsis I use the Word count feature in Word to see
how many characters I have. When I am ready to submit the book I just paste
it into the short synopsis field and usually I have no problems.
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Re: To Carrie
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 theoriginator or the validator ran into the 200 character limit and got disgusted. I know some people think its no big deal to make a meaningfulsynopsis fit into 200 characters, and for them, maybe it isn't. But ifyou'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 understandwhy somebody could get discouraged. I sure hope that when improvementsare made to the submission form, something is done about that text field where one enters the short synopsis, so that we knoe in advancewhen we've hit the end and don't have to find out the hard way. mary
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