After I sent my 80,000 word novel, HUNGRY FOR CHOCOLATE, to the publisher last week, I decided I needed to do a new summary for this particular publisher.
Since the book is set in West Virginia and that's where the publisher is located, I felt I needed a summary that incorporated all the mountain state elements and flavors of the story.
Earlier summaries of this story centered on the surrogacy itself and on the relationships between the characters. Setting wasn't mentioned. Not so, this new one.
I wanted to play up the setting as character. The story takes place in 1998, in the small fictional town of Shady Creek, West Virginia. The people are close knit, not tolerable of strangers, or new ideas. And, surrogacy to the people of Shady Creek was indeed "strange."
The fact that the main character lives in a historic landmark, an old Victorian home built in the late 1800's, that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited in the late 1930's when she toured West Virginia was never mentioned in any other summary but in this one it's relevant.
It felt good to tell this story from the perspective of setting. Funny, but you think of a story as having only one summary. I can see now how a story can have many summaries. It all depends on perspective. Looking at the story from another lens, or from another angle.
Am I crazy or do you think this is true? That a story can have many or at least more than one summary? I'd never thought about this before now, until I experienced it.
Let me know what you think.
And blessings to you whatever you think!