Wednesday, April 27, 2011

She's Crafty: The Dreaded Synopsis

One of the agents who requested a partial, also wants to see a synopsis--one for my story and one for the series. I knew this day would eventually come. So why do I hate the idea of writing it. I think it's because it's like writing a query but with a lot more detail. How much do you say? What do you include? How long should it really be? Inquiring minds like me want to know.

Do you have any great tips for writing a synopsis?

My Top 10 Fave Blog Posts on Writing a Synopsis
  1. How to Write a Synopsis by Nathan Bransford @ STET!
  2. The Sum of the Parts: Writing a Synopsis @ The Other Side of the Story.
  3. The Synopsis @ BookEnds.
  4. How to Write a Synopsis When You Have Lots of Characters @ Guide to Literary Agents.
  5. Synopsis Example: House of Games @ Guide to Literary Agents.
  6. Synopsis Hell @ Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
  7. Writing the Synopsis @ Writer Unboxed.
  8. Synopsis Writing @ Babbles from Scott Eagan.
  9. Writing a Synopsis Doesn't Have to Kill You @ The Blood-Red Pencil.
  10. The Art of The Synop? @ Pub Rants.


  1. Great links! These will help me when I finish my novel. I always like to write a synopsis to have it ready, in case I'm asked for it.

  2. Thank you for the link list! I've dreaded writing a synopsis too (and haven't yet). To me it's like trying to condense your wonderful story into book report.

  3. I despise the synopsis! I'll be perfectly happy if I never have to write one again.

  4. Thanks for visiting my blog! Always great to see another Middle grade writer. I think synopses are from the devil. Great list, thanks!