Novel SynopsisNew synopsis
A new synopsis - your signpost to an efficient new synopsis
There are things you need to do before you hand in your novel to an editor or editor. When she contacts an agents and she enjoys your ideas, she will ask you to see all or part of the work. Once your novel is completed and refined, it is a good moment to ask your question and summarize.
You can then test the agents and editors. The way you file your new type of packet depends on the filing rules set by each agency or publishers. You will find that some want only a questioning letter; others require a questioning note and the entire script; some like a questioning note plus three example sections and a summary; and still others require a questioning note, some example sections, an overview and a summary.
Everyone wants a SASE (self-addressed, franked envelope) with sufficient postal charges, unless they require it to be submitted electronically. In order to ascertain what you need to file, go to the agent's or publisher's website for policies or check a recent issue of a marketing tool such as Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, Writer's Markt or Guide to Literary Agents.
Those resources have tender specification that come directly from the writers and agencies and tell you what to broadcast, how to broadcast it and when to expect a reply. Ready to submit at least one inquiry note, one summary and three successive model sections. They are the most important and sought-after parts of your new bundle.
It may not be necessary to ship them all in the same entry pack, but you will probably need to use each of them at a specific point in the process, so make preparations before you do. We concentrate here on what authors often find to be the most challenging part of their novel: the synopsis.
This synopsis provides important information about your novel (plot, subject, characterisation, setting) and at the same time shows how these merge into an overall image. Tell quickly what your novel is about without getting the publisher or agents to study the novel in its totality. The synopsis has no quick and tough synopsis regulations.
Indeed, there is contradictory counsel about the length of a synopsis. As you write your summary, concentrate on the main parts of your history and try not to enter any parts of the dialog unless you feel it is strictly necessary. Even if the abstract is only a short summary of your novel, it must be comprehensive.
Hold the episodes in the same order as in the novel (but do not split them into chapters). Keep in mind that your summary should have a beginning, a center and an end (yes, you have to say how the novel ends to round off your summary). This is what is demanded of a synopsis: one must be succinct, convincing and comprehensive, and all this at the same one.
Since there is no definite length of a synopsis, it is advisable to have two versions: a long synopsis and a brief synopsis. There has been a fairly general system of synopsis in recent years. You would have one page with a synopsis statement for each approximately 35 pages of your script, a total of eight pages.
So if your 245 pages, two lines, your summary would have about seven pages. First you should summarize according to these rules. That will be your long summary. Nowadays, many operatives require summaries of no more than two pages. In order to be prepared to contact these operatives, you must also create a new, more succinct synopsis - the brief synopsis.
Now, if you've spelled both, what do you hand in? When you think your brief summary is concise and efficient, always use it. But if you think that the long summary is actually more efficient, you will sometimes hand in one and sometimes the other. In case an agents asks for a maximum of two pages, please just transmit the brief.
When she says simply: "Send a summary", and you think that your longer summary is better, please hand in the long one. When you write plot-heavy literature such as thriller and mystery, you could really profit from a longer, more thorough summary. The best way to know what to enter is to comply with the policies of the respective agencies or publishers.
You may be asked by some writers or agencies to send in your summary by e-mail or on a CD. You can have the author or agency give you custom style guides that specify how they want to send them and what kind of file they prefer. When requesting submissions electronically from an agency or journalist, please note the following four points:
Use the same formats as when submitting a summary. If you are emailing your summary, enter the name of your novel in the title line (but don't use all the covers - it's just obnoxious). Please attach the summary to your email unless the editors or agents request otherwise.
Insert a covering note in the text of your email and your title page and index in the attached summary. Jane Friedman's dreaded synopsis Get a clear, step-by-step approach to your synopsis - regardless of length - and samples of good and poor synopsis.