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#21 SamP

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 10:23 AM

Thanks so much for all the links & words of encouragement. They mean so much to newbies....

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:34 AM

I found this post from author Susan Dennard to be really helpful...

http://www.publishin...-page-synopsis/
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:47 PM

Thank you Cat Woods!!! :biggrin: I had already found the first two links when I started my synopsis, but I feel there is something not right. The link you shared just might be what I need to "smooth" out my synopsis.. :smile:

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 12:19 PM

Just wanted to say thanks to Cat Woods for the outstanding link. I've been scouring that site and found a favorite, as well as a concise thread that cuts to the chase regarding synopsis composition.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:19 PM

This thread has a ton of great info. Definitely helping me along.


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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

My synopsis is five pages long... and if I chop it down I will leave major plot holes...



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:56 AM

Stefanzo - posting #6 - provides a great run-down. 

 

I like this link, too, from Fiction Writer's Connection. 

http://www.fictionwr...-synopsis.html 

 

Turns out, a synopsis isn't remotely like what I thought it would be... This site is a treasure trove of useful information!



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:06 PM

Q:  In the long synopsis, how many characters can you introduce besides the protag? A wise limit?


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 05:05 PM

I haven't seen this one posted here. Nicola's advice helped me get my head around the synopsis and I highly recommend her advice:

 

http://helpineedapub...y-synopses.html

 

She has over 20 posts about synopses and has spotlights of synopses that were sent in that she edited as examples.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:54 PM

I've read through a number of links on the synopsis, but it wasn't until I found this one that it clicked and I churned out a good synopsis in one afternoon. It uses a classic storyline as an example, which also shows what's important to keep in and all the things it's okay to keep out. I should mention that my current project is multiple POV and has two parallel storylines. I was able to cover the principle characters (3) and do both storylines justice in 2 pages.



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Posted 16 May 2013 - 09:44 AM

 

http://www.adventure...submissions.htmscroll down for symopsis suggestion

 

 

 

HOW TO WRITE A SYNOPSIS FOR A BOOK SUBMISSION
Editors need to know if your story works, and they need it in a nutshell. Authors will often confuse a 'blurb' with a synopsis. A blurb is text that the publisher might use to help sell the book. Blurbs are often found at the publisher's website, or on the sleeve jacket of the book. It leaves a bit of mystery, it tries to build some excitement. IT IS NOT A SYNOPSIS. A good synopsis will be 1,000 words or less that outlines the premise of the book, the entire plot from start to finish, and describes the main characters and their motivations in detail. 
 
Some writers mistakenly think that book editors are looking to steal their ideas, so they don't want to give away the ending. Instead of laying out the book, they try to lead the editor along with mysterious and ambiguous statements. 
This is the sign of an amateur, and a sure road to rejection.
 
Writing a good synopsis is tough. Basically, you are trying to boil down the whole book into less than a thousand words. You will usually have to edit a synopsis several times before it's ready to send out to publishers. But a good one will save you a lot of wasted time. It will either generate a faster response by a publisher to see your work - or the work will be rejected faster. Saves a lot of time on both sides.
  
However, a good synopsis tells an editor that you are a serious writer.
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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:00 AM

I have gone through these links and found lots of useful information. Thanks a lot.

 

 



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 04:42 PM

Hi! I think I've completed my synopsis, but something's bugging me. My character's name is Juniper, but her nickname is Joon. How do I introduce her? Is Juniper (aka Joon) ok? She doesn't have a surname...

 

Also, What size should the Title be in?

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:28 AM

Thanks much, for generously sharing these links-very informative.  gosh!:

 

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:27 AM

I have found this site to be very valuable. http://www.how-to-wr...a-synopsis.html

 

 

Here's what worries me about writing a synopsis: There is a lot of contradictory advice. One example is whether or not to capitalize a character's name when you first mention him/her.  But I can't believe an agent would pass on your synopsis because the names aren't capitalized. 



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Posted 04 May 2014 - 02:37 PM

One example is whether or not to capitalize a character's name when you first mention him/her.  But I can't believe an agent would pass on your synopsis because the names aren't capitalized. 

 

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I can't imagine they would, but a lot like capitalizing your book title in a query, it's the norm, so you would be best off sticking with the, quote, "standard".


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 06:47 PM

Stefanzo - posting #6 - provides a great run-down. 

 

I like this link, too, from Fiction Writer's Connection. 

http://www.fictionwr...-synopsis.html 

 

Turns out, a synopsis isn't remotely like what I thought it would be... This site is a treasure trove of useful information!

Link isn't working. :sad:


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http://agentquerycon...check-revision/


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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:48 PM

http://www.how-to-wr...a-synopsis.html This one was tremendous for helping me organize my thoughts

 

This one is excellent if you have a character study type novel. My story involves the creation of an anti-hero, and this above link/guide was so helpful.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 12:51 PM

I have found this site to be very valuable. http://www.how-to-wr...a-synopsis.html

 

 

Here's what worries me about writing a synopsis: There is a lot of contradictory advice. One example is whether or not to capitalize a character's name when you first mention him/her.  But I can't believe an agent would pass on your synopsis because the names aren't capitalized. 

 

I capitalize when introducing a character. It makes logical sense. The reader instantly knows if this character is someone knew. The reader can refer back to the capitalized character to see the initial importance. It's especially valuable if you mention more than 3-4 characters in your synopsis.



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Posted 28 November 2014 - 06:20 PM

Rookie (at writing a synopsis) question. Is it a bad idea to use our query as a guide and expand on that for the synopsis? I'm using one of the links provided in this post to construct my basic synopsis, but I keep wanting to answer the questions with things I put in my query.  (This link:  http://www.publishin...-page-synopsis/ ) Thank you in advance for any feedback!






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