The synopsis is an integral part of most submission packets, including my most recent agent submissions. This was a struggle for me, as I hadn’t written one since I published “The Pilot and the Pinup” with Liquid Silver Books. A fellow author told me to break each of the chapters down into paragraphs. I did exactly that and it was quiet the disaster.
The Acquisitions editor at the time informed me I suffered from Dreaded Synopsis Syndrome. Boy did I ever. LSB requested a love scene (probably to make sure I didn’t purple-prose the hell out of it) and the last chapter (likely to make sure the book was done). They accepted my full ms and I never had to write a synopsis for them again. Thank the writing gods.
Thankfully, My other digital publisher, Resplendence Publishing, didn’t require the synopsis. Whew.
Now that I’m looking for an agent I’m back in the land of having to write a synopsis. Ugh!
Luckily, there is a ton of info on the interwebs on how to write one. I found this site to be very helpful.
After writing said one page synopsis, I find some agents now want 3-5 pages. Ugh! And I thought I’d mastered the dreaded synopsis.
~Join me next week as we continue the query journey.