How To Write A One Page Synopsis For A Book.
The second one is a two-page synopsis (actually it’s a little less) I wrote based on the first handout of my answers to the story template. Incidently, it took me a total of 1 hour to a) brainstorm using the template and b) convert it to a synopsis—on a new story idea. While I doubt this is the best two-page synopsis you’ve ever seen or ever will see, and I’m sure if I spent more time.
A synopsis is a one-page summary of your novel, used to demonstrate your story-crafting skills to a literary agent (or publisher). Most publishers don’t accept manuscript submissions directly from authors, so if you’d like to follow the traditional route to publication, you usually need to sign with an agent.
One guideline is to allow one synopsis page for every twenty-five pages of manuscript, but even that could be longer than most editors and agents want to see. Most editors and agents, busy people that they are, prefer short synopses -- two to ten pages. The busier ones like five pages at most. I personally consider two pages ideal, and have distilled synopses down to a single tight page. If.
Our editors offer an example of a synopsis. Writers hate writing synopses. Some find the idea of a synopsis daunting because they have spent the last two years writing a book. Others find the idea distasteful because it is less about the art of writing and more about the business of writing. Well, it's time for some tough love. Whatever reason you may have for disliking synopses, it's.
Write a Great Synopsis covers: the function of a synopsis, the differences between outlines and synopses, dealing with requirements for different agents and publishers, finding the heart of your book, how to tackle non-linear plots, multiples themes, sub-plots and long novels, and it answers all the questions and confusions that writers have. Nicola also introduces readers to her patent Crappy.
How to write a one sentence pitch May 20, 2010 by Nathan Bransford 97 Comments Last week I outlined the general necessity of whittling down your plot to one sentence, one paragraph, and two paragraph pitches in order to give yourself a head start on the literally thousands of times you are going to need to summarize your work over the course of a book’s lifetime.
The editor will need to read the complete manuscript in order to write the synopsis, which should be no more than 1,000 words long. We recommend a one-page synopsis for US submission and a two-page one for submitting in the UK, so do tell us your plans. On non-fiction manusripts we have a higher charge to reflect the greater complexity of the material, but the service will work along the same.