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#41 K.M. Hanson

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 11:58 AM

I have gone through all the info and have only been able to cut my Syn down to three pages. The Syn is still a mystery to me, but I am slowly solving it with the the help of you all. Frustrating to say the least, 



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Posted 24 June 2015 - 11:14 PM

This is a delicious and easy-to-follow method for synopsis writing:


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Posted 13 July 2015 - 05:59 PM

Sharon Bayliss originally Posted a link to this guide on writing a synopsis. The link she posted is forwarded. Here is the updated link



I thought this article was very helpful.

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 01:12 AM

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


That's the one that helped me. Nothing like clear directions in easy to chew pieces. (I wish she could do a query like that. lol)

If I helped you, please critique my query -- The Comfort Ban.

Or the synopsis. (If you're in a particularly cheery mood, I'll accept a crit for both. Better yet, if you're in a foul mood, take it out on both.  :wink: )

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 02:18 PM

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 08:57 AM

Q: So, if we're taking the MC and the plot and creating the synopsis from the book, do we add the sweet stuff? Like the stuff that we'd want the reader to keep reading to find out? I've never done a synopsis before and I looked through most of these links and couldn't figure it out. The agent wants to see the sweet/interesting stuff, right? 

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 07:56 PM

Basically, you're taking anything you think is super relevant to the plot, and crunching everything down into one page. In my understanding, it's to show that your plot is well-crafted and sound (I usually shove it into 5 paragraphs, because my stories average 5 acts).

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 04:40 PM

Just started the O-so-fun synopsis process. Thank you for the links! 

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 09:44 AM

On the link author Susan Dennard provided, I found this in the comments: "I’ve heard that in synopsis, names are supposed to be in capital letters. True or false? And when minor characters are referred to as THE WAITRESS, are they also capitalized?"  That is my question too, what about minor characters, and does it include names of animals in the story?  

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Posted 24 August 2016 - 04:05 PM

I've been seeing a lot of people on here trying to write shorter synopses, close to 500 words. When I started doing these (been a few years now...) it was close to twice that long. Has the standard changed recently? I remember it being 1000 words and have been going off that. I read the link that everyone's using here about the one page, but since I based mine off 1000 words, I feel like I have to either use the head or legs of Darth Maul, not the whole sith.


I mean, I know the best thing to do for any of these submission pieces is to follow the specific guidelines, but I want to know if in general, agencies these days prefer these (even) shorter synopses, so I know what to focus on next.

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 02:19 PM

Nice links, Tibby.

I'm adding one. It's short, but I think it gives the down and dirty of how to build the bones without too much stress.



thanks for this link. it kinda breaks down exactly what I needed to know in very simple terms.

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 12:28 PM

I'm thinking about querying an agent who is asking for a "full synopsis" up front. I know different agents expect different lengths for the synopsis, and 2 pages is average. I guess I'm curious if the instructions don't specify a length but they go out of their way to say repeatedly it should be a "full synopsis," does that imply longer than average? Or is "full" just a reminder not to leave anything out?

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