How to Write a Synopsis for Your Book: A Guide for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers – by Lori A. May…

on The Write Life:

If you plan to publish a work of fiction or non-fiction, writing a synopsis that summarizes the scope of your manuscript is inevitable.

Consider the typical submission process: First you write a query letter to agents or editors, and hopefully someone requests sample chapters along with a synopsis. Usually only after this step will authors be asked to submit the full manuscript.

What is a synopsis? 

Before we dive deep, let’s first define synopsis.

Simply put, a synopsis is a summary of your fiction or nonfiction project.

A synopsis will

  • have a beginning, middle and end
  • leave no plot questions unanswered
  • reflect the manuscript genre and tone
  • demonstrate your voice

That may seem like a lot to accomplish within a few pages, but you’re not reinventing the wheel, here.

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