My Novel Synopsis: Introducing “Robin’s Lesson”

In order to publish a book, you need to get an agent. To find an agent, you must submit a query letter and the first 3 chapters or so of your book. I’ve only done periodic reading about the process; however, I do know that an important component of the letter is a short synopsis of the story. From what I understand, this is to sound very similar to the type of summary one would read on the inside sleeve of a hardcover or the back of a paperback . I’ve been wanting to share more information about the actual subject matter of my novel for a while, but I didn’t feel comfortable doing so until I was done—or almost done, as the case may be. No, I’m not finished, but yes I’m almost there. So I wrote the “inside sleeve” of my novel, tentatively entitled Robin’s Lesson. If it sounds like a pitch, that’s because it is.  Enjoy!

Mini Synopsis: Robin’s Lesson

After nearly three years of dating, John Davidson dumps Francesca Aubry, convinced that her fascination with life overseas is incompatible with his emerging career as a prominent advocate and scholar in the African American community. Devastated, Francesca takes months to come to terms with the loss of her first love. Just as she begins to show signs of recovery by embracing the passions she once abandoned, a tragedy occurs. Now, John needs Francesca more than ever and both parties find themselves struggling to cope with decisions from their past.

Robin’s Lesson is a heartbreaking novel about a relationship that forces its members to understand the most fundamental aspects their identities before they can fully commit to one another. It tells a story to which anyone who has ever been in love—or even infatuated—can relate in the richly diverse settings of Washington, D.C., New York and Miami. With a touch of politics and a dash of humor, this is the perfect selection for a smart person looking for an enjoyable read.

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6 thoughts on “My Novel Synopsis: Introducing “Robin’s Lesson”

  1. Well done, very well done–you’ve captured the essence of your novel–the conflict, the stakes, the main characters–succinctly and with some mystery remaining. It’s a hard thing to do well, and it looks to me like you’ve done it effectively here. Although I confess it’s not my type of story, the synopsis you’ve written is damn near perfect, and if the writing in the drafts reflects what you’ve done here, I can guarantee you’ll find an editor (with a little luck and patience, of course).

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