Well, I've just sent my agent the proposal for my new series, The Shallow Sea.
The standard proposal is a synopsis and 3 chapters. I like to include a blurb. Writing a blurb is hard. I heard one author say, imagine two teenagers had been to see a movie of your book. How would they describe it?
This is a gritty fantasy series set in a tropical paradise filled with hidden dangers where the inhabitants battle the elements and each other to survive. The first two books form a duology, which tells the story of a reluctant warrior seeking redemption, a ruthless nomad desperate to save her brother and an unwanted misfit who hates the world, but is the only one who can prove the
WHO is the story about?
WHAT do they want?
WHY can't they achieve it?
HOW to they overcome this?
If you have more than one narrative character, then ask the question about each of them, and weave the threads into your synopsis. The lovely Kim Wilkins once said, think of ten descriptive words about your book and use them to flavour your synopsis. Think of it as a selling tool.
And then there's the chapter samples. Feedback from fellow writers is great, as is feedback from fantasy readers.
Now all I can do is sit back and cross my fingers. Meanwhile, I'll work on another book.