So true. 🙂
Every time I even think of writing a synopsis for a completed manuscript, I groan. How on earth does a writer go about condensing their full-length novel into a brisk two to five pages? In some ways it’s cruel to even make us do this, but once all is said and done, there is a great reason behind the request.
First, let me detail what a synopsis is.
- Briefly it’s an orderly outline condensed chapter by chapter which catalogs the completed book from beginning to end.
- That’s right, you must chop down your two-hundred-plus pages within your book to a measly two to five pages. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Yeah, sometimes the dreaded synopsis is called a sucknopsis, and I can see why.
- Which reminds me–don’t go leaving the ending out as a lure. An editor needs to see it all in your synopsis. This is a common mistake made, which is why I’m particularly pointing it out.
Okay, now I’ll break down why editors considering your submission require a synopsis.
- The editor will learn very quickly if the story is suitable for their publishing house.
- It’ll also alert the editor to how well you can put together the sequences of your story in a clear and concise manner. If you will, your synopsis is the map they use to judge your skill in weaving a story, for there is a difference between storytelling and writing. Oh boy, that’s a biggy.
- A strong synopsis can also aid the editor in seeing the raw talent behind any possible writing faults. You see, we must all start somewhere, and for all debut published authors, an editor saw the diamond in the rough–and they read the synopsis first.
- Ah-huh, are you sweating yet?
Now, what does the synopsis do for the writer?
- Apart from the headache of writing it, you’ll soon see if there’re any problems with your manuscript. If you struggle to map out your story and show your hero/heroine’s journey in a clear way, then perhaps there might be parts of your book that need a little more attention to detail.
Which leads to–what’s the best part of writing a synopsis?
- Ultimately, crafting a synopsis is a great warm-up of what’s to come when you have a contract. There are many working practices within each publishing house, and completing a great synopsis gives the writer a taste of the challenges to come.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s post. Don’t forget as I post each week’s blog, I update my current news. You’ll find “News this Week” at the top right of the main page of my website–and if you wish to see what I’m up to at a glance, well it’s all recorded right there.
I’d also like to point out some blog hops I’m participating in–and you’ll find those “hop buttons” pictured on the right-hand side panel of my website. I’m noting them because if you find you’re also publishing a book early in the New Year as I am, then you might like to blog hop yourself for your own book’s promotion. The hops are for readers, reviewers and writers to see what everyone’s up to, and there’re always great giveaways at each blog’s location.
You all have a fabulous week. We’re rocking great weather Down Under and about to head into summer on December 1st. Does that sound weird to everyone living in the Northern Hemisphere? Summer? Really? Yep, in New Zealand winter is out of the way, right in time for Christmas.
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