Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Guess the Plot
1. Summer Lindt has led an introspective and self-destructive life since the acrimonious divorce of her parents when she was fifteen. Her journey from a bright and promising child to a cold and bitter old woman is told through the metaphor of the passing seasons.
2. John Johnson is on a mission: he's collected the autographs of three of the Miss Seasons topless calendar models, but if he wants to complete the set he's going to have to track down Miss Winter's kidnapper.
3. Frankie Valli meets his manager over pizza at a luxury hotel to discuss his idea for a new musical based on the life and works of Vivaldi. Relationships are strained and old wounds re-opened as they struggle to come up with inspiration for the show's title.
4. Four women have their friendship tested when one of them has an affair and vanishes during one of the four seasons.
5. In the mid 25th century, weather control is a reality, and all of the continental US has a year-round climate like San Diego's. But a group of meteorological Luddites are lobbying for a return to having something to chat about in grocery store lines.
6. Chef Emeril's latest cookbook shows how to make authentic Southern dishes using only salt, sugar, grease and preservatives.
Dear Mr. Evil Editor,
FOUR SEASONS is a novel that explores the different forms of fidelity: romantic relationships, friendship, family and memories of loved ones passed.
Best friends for fifteen years, Katherine, Annabel, Naomi and Stace have a bond of friendship as strong as titanium. But even titanium can corrode. When a scandal develops, the cozy foursome is blown apart. Will they be able to overcome their individual challenges and come together to save one of their own?
Katherine the Predictable longs for a bit of mess in her life. Her friends think she’s talking about not vacuuming six days a week. Little do they know what is about to transpire. Annabel [the Immoral] continuously dates men who won’t commit. [How can she be sure they won't commit before she dates them?] It’s a safe bet. After all, she’s secretly lusting after her ideal man, who just happens to be Katherine’s husband, Mark. [Lusting after your best friend's husband. Titanium.] Naomi [the Silent] stopped talking to her mother when she decided to marry a man twenty years her junior. She thinks her mother is cheating on her recently deceased father. Plus, she’s feeling guilty about being friends with Katherine. [They have a 15-year tatanium-bonded friendship, yet she feels guilty about it? Why?] Naomi’s not a fan, but it’s hard not to be friends with someone who’s saved your life. [Naomi's not a fan of whom? Katherine? And yet the two are part of this 15-year tatanium bonded friendship?] Then there’s Stace [the Seditious], a fair-weather friend who has a habit of magically disappearing when there’s a crisis. [And yet she's a part of this 15-year titanium bonded friendship?] [Let's face it, these women all hate each other. It's a seething hatred that's been festering for fifteen years. At least Katherine had the sense to get out before the killing started.] Her loyalty is often questioned, and this time, her taking off could endanger Katherine’s life. [I don't mind the occasional question or plot point thrown in to generate interest, but there's too much in that paragraph that's either unclear or unanswered. I'm not sure we even need the paragraph; it's raising more questions than it's answering.]
Katherine has an affair and ends it when the lover turns violent. She willingly puts her entire future in jeopardy and strains friendships to breaking point. Soon after she finds out she’s pregnant, Katherine disappears. Her indiscretion rocks Naomi, Bel and Stace and pushes them into confronting issues of fidelity in their own lives. Will Annabel use Katherine’s affair as a stepping-stone to seduce Mark? Can the staunch monogamist Naomi forgive her mother and Katherine? Will Stace jump the friendship boat [The friendship boat? I take it that's like The Love Boat, but for couples who are just friends?] [Is jumping the friendship boat the same as jumping off the friendship boat? Because jumping a train means jumping on.] and flee to Argentina and escape dealing with another crisis? [When you said she disappeared at times of crisis, I didn't think you meant to Argentina. Couldn't she just stop answering her phone?]
The women need to unite and discover if Katherine has disappeared to start a new life, or if there is there a more sinister, underlying motive to her disappearance. [If no one knows where Katherine is, how does anyone know that if Stace goes to Argentina it puts Katherine's life in danger?] Four friends. Four betrayals. Four seasons. [Four seasons? Explain.]
I am pursuing a career in writing fiction full time and have previously worked as a freelance travel writer. I’ve travelled the world and like to weave foreign destinations into my novels. [For instance, from out of nowhere, one of my characters could suddenly up and leave for, oh, Argentina.] Currently I am working on an Adventure/Mystery manuscript.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Dear Mr. Evil Editor,
FOUR SEASONS is a ?0,000-word novel that explores fidelity in romantic relationships, friendship and family. Katherine, Annabel, Naomi and Stace have a bond of friendship as strong as titanium. But even titanium can corrode. When a scandal develops, the fifteen-year friendship is tested. Can they overcome their individual challenges and come together to save one of their own?
When Katherine has an affair, she puts her future in jeopardy and strains friendships to their breaking point. Her indiscretion rocks her best friends, Naomi, Bel and Stace, pushing them into confronting issues of fidelity in their own lives. Will Annabel use Katherine’s affair as a stepping-stone to seduce Katherine's husband Mark? Can the staunch monogamist Naomi forgive Katherine? Will Stace leave town, as usual, to avoid dealing with another crisis?
And where is Katherine? Soon after learning she was pregnant, she seems to have disappeared. Is she trying to start a new life for herself, or is she the victim of foul play? Four friends. Four betrayals. Four . . . seasons?
In my capacity as a freelance travel writer, I’ve traveled the world and often weave foreign destinations I've visited into my fiction. Thank you for your time and consideration.
There's only one paragraph that has plot details, and half of that one is questions. You're supposed to be telling us what happens in your book, not asking us. Admittedly, the revised version is all questions as well, but I have an excuse: I don't know the answers. You don't need to take out every question, but try to provide more information about what happens.