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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

I want your synopsis

This and next week I will take a closer look at your synopsis.

If you’d like me to help you with the first page of your synopsis, please send it to
On how to write a synopsis for fiction:
If you take a look at agent’s websites, you will find that many request a 1-page synopsis. Now, you have written a book with a word count of 90k and think, how on earth am I going to do that?
Compressing a word count of 90k into a 1-page synopsis isn’t easy. There are different ways to tackle this.
1. Choose your two, maximum three main characters, then go through every chapter and take notes of the most important events that happen to them. When you have done that, combine the notes into a text, but never lose the thread. If you are half-way through and already on page 4 with your synopsis, stop immediately. You have lost yourself in too many details.
2. Think of your book as a movie. Imagine you have to tell a friend, who hasn’t seen it, what is happening to the two main characters. Cut it as short as possible, but only so much, that your friend would be able to understand the plot. When you’ve done that, write it down.
A synopsis should always be written in present tense, explaining the whole storyline, including the end. Don’t try to make an agent or editor guess. They’re busy people and don’t appreciate being left in the dark.

The entry will be showcased on Authors on Show main site.

One entry will win a full synopsis-edit (max three pages). How to win? Place the link to my site synopsisandbookfactory on your blog and send it along with your synopsis and I'll choose out of the hat.

Hope to hear from you soon.


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