Monday, August 1, 2011

Quick question for writers...

When you write a synopsis, do you make it similar to a query letter and discuss what happens in the ending?

Or should they look completely different?


  1. A synopsis is quite the different animal from the query letter. One, it's a blow by blow summary of everything that happens in your novel. But it can't be boring.

    Read this link:

    On top of what Raquel says to do, whenever you introduce a point-of-view character, that very first time it should be in all caps. But only that first time. So it leaps off the page.

    Best of luck to you. The "synopsis" is perhaps the most dreaded aspect of submission.

  2. Agree with above. A synopsis is like a query... except it sucks even more.

  3. Haha, thanks for the advice. Now I'm definitely dreading it more.

  4. Synopses are the bane of my existence. Ok, that's a bit strong but I hate writing them more than the queries. Wish I could say something more interesting and inspiring!

  5. Yes, only it's much longer - two to five pages.

  6. It's actually a good idea to have a few different synopsises (synopsi? synopses????). Try to get a one page (6 paragraph one), a 2 page one and a 5 page one. Different agents ask for different lengths. Good luck! :)