The Synopsis Treasury

The Synopsis Treasury

by Christopher Sirmons Haviland

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The Synopsis Treasury by Christopher Sirmons Haviland

Have you ever wondered what successful authors submitted to publishers? Ever wanted to peek over their shoulders and see their synopses or outlines, the ones that landed a book contract (and maybe even the ones that were rejected)?
Now's your chance.
Contained within these pages are never-before-seen story submissions by international bestsellers, grandmasters, multi-award winners, and rising stars, each with an original biography and introduction.
But what about the publisher's response? You'll find some of those here too. Have you ever assumed an editor would accept whatever a heavyweight author gives them? This collection proves that even a successful writer may be asked to rethink, rewrite, and resubmit--and that's if the editor likes it well enough in the first place.
Selected by Christopher Sirmons Haviland over a span of ten years, these real story submissions in their context will supplement all those "how to write and submit" books by showing you how it's done.
A collection of actual story submissions to publishers by grandmasters, Hugo and Nebula award winners, international bestsellers and rising stars of science fiction and fantasy, including H.G. Wells, Jack Williamson, Andre Norton, Robert A. Heinlein, James Gunn, Frank Herbert, Ben Bova, Piers Anthony, Michael Bishop, Joe Haldeman, Terry Brooks, Robert E. Vardeman, Orson Scott Card, David Brin, Connie Willis, Janny Wurts, James P. Blaylock, Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Bruce Coville, Margaret Weis, Nancy Varian Berberick, Robert J. Sawyer, Sara Douglass, Louise Marley, Roberta Gellis, Ian R. MacLeod, Julie E. Czerneda, Jacqueline Carey, Chris Roberson, and Eldon Thompson, plus editorial feedback by Frederik Pohl and Damon Knight, and an introduction by former Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Del Rey, Betsy Mitchell.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150150010
Publisher: WordFire Press
Publication date: 01/16/2015
Series: Million Dollar Writing Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 417
File size: 754 KB

About the Author

Christopher Sirmons Haviland, also published as C.S. Haviland (, has a Bachelor's degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of North Texas. He is the author of the fantasy novel Faith & Fairies and his short stories include "Change" published in Pronto! Writings From Rome and "The Reality Division" published in Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad (winner of the 2009 EPPIE Award).

Haviland was Co-Producer on the feature film The First of May (, starring Julie Harris, Dan Bird, Mickey Rooney, Charles Nelson Reilly, Gerard Christopher, Tom Nowicki, and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in a cameo role. The movie ran for years on HBO Family and won a half dozen awards, including the Award of Excellence by the Film Advisory Board, The Dove Award from The Dove Foundation, and two Best Film Awards from the Burbank International Children's Film Festival.

As a spec screenwriter, Mr. Haviland has been a Quarter Finalist and SemiFinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting (sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), a Quarter Finalist in the New Century Writer Awards, a Quarter Finalist in the Screenwriting Expo (sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine), a multiple Semi Finalist in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project (sponsored by Amblin' Entertainment and Universal Pictures), a Semi Finalist in the Maui Writers Conference National Screenwriting Competition, a Finalist in the People's Picture Show contest, a multiple Quarter Finalist in the Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest, and a Finalist in the AAA Screenplay Contest (sponsored by Creative Screenwriting Magazine).
Haviland is a highly sought veteran in online advertising operations and was staffed in the startup phases of, and the Softcard mobile app.
He lives in Frisco, TX with his wife Sara and his three boys, Forest, Sky, and River.

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