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Learn about synopses here: why you need them, what they are, how to write one.

Requests for synopsis critiques go here.

Links and resources are in post #2, below.


1. If you've posted a synopsis on FP and you want us to critique it, post here. For discussion about queries and query critiques, go to Flurry. For help getting a literary agent, go to Rain Dance.

2. General discussion about synopses also goes here.

3. Off topic posts will be moved.

4. DISCLAIMER: Even though I am in fact a literary agency intern, I cannot give advice about how to submit to the agency I work for (or even tell you which one it is). My opinions are my own, and are my opinions as a writer, not as an intern.

8/9/2010 . Edited 10/12/2012 #1



1. What is a synopsis?

A synopsis is something you write to a literary agent in order to seek representation. It's usually between 800 and 1,000 words long, and it summarises the entire plot of your book.

2. What's a literary agent?

If you want to be published by any major publishing house, you'll need a literary agent to represent you. An agent's job is to sell your work and to handle your career as a professional writer. They're like managers.

3. Why do I need to write a synopsis?

Literary agents get a lot of submissions. They often ask for synopses so they can figure out whether or not they want to represent you without having to read your work. It sucks, I know.

Links to Help You

10/5/2012 . Edited 10/5/2012 #2
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