If you've written a novel, and want to pursue publication, at some point, someone will request a synopsis of your novel. Writing a synopsis is one of the hardest things you will ever tackle. Even harder than writing the novel itself! How can you possibly breakdown your story into two pages? It's tough work and I'm here to help!
I've written many synopses. It never gets easier, but I have learned a thing or two about how to write an effective one.
Things I'll look for while reading your synopsis:
Plot pacing and consistency
Clear character development
Is character motivation present and effective?
Will the reader (agents and editors!) have a clear sense of what the story is about?
If you have questions, please feel free to ask! I look forward to reading your work!
Frequently Asked Questions
My synopsis is more than 1000 words --- can I still send it?
I won't nitpick a few hundred words, but you should shoot to have a 2-page synopsis. If it's longer than 2 pages/1000 words, I can help look for areas to cut.