Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Articles on Synopsis Writing

Today in St. Peters, MO: Chance of snow, high 25 degrees.

Synospis--now there's a word that strikes terror into the hearts of many writers. I've found a link to help demystify the synopsis writing process. It's Footnotes: the Guide to Literary Agents Editor's blog by Chuck Sambuchino.

The articles posted on the Footnotes blog are written by agents, authors, novelists, and other writers. Agent Caren Estesen discusses why you need a good summary and agent Nathan Bransford shares his guidelines for writing a synopsis. Chicago Crimewriter Beth Anderson discusses five questions to ask yourself to write a tight synopsis The blog also gives examples of fiction synopses.

So, if you're trying to gain insight on writing a synopsis, check out Footnotes.


  1. Hey, thanks for this. I am actually going to have to write a synopsis because I am finally sending out my YA novel (next week after holidays settle down) to agents. Wish me luck!


  2. Hi Margo,
    The blog has a lot of good advice. Good luck with your synopsis and your YA novel!

  3. The sites sound very helpful. Don't we have an upcoming SW meeting dedicated to synopsis writing, too?

  4. Terrific info, Donna!! I'll check it out.

  5. Hi Pat,
    Shirley Kennett is going to visit Saturday Writers in February to talk about "Writing a Winning Synopsis."
    Hi Becky,
    Good deal. The site has lots of helpful information on the dreaded synopsis.

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  7. Can someone give me a little help and advice. I have finished my naval memoirs, and after eleven edits and three proofreads by others, I am nearly ready to begin submitting the first three chapters and a synopsis to various agents. The problem is; I am having difficulty finding the correct format for a synopsis for memoirs.

    Should it be written in present tense, third person? Or would it be correct to write it in first person, past tense?

    I would appreciate any guidance on this matter. Just for the curious ones, it is nearly 80,000 words and is a humorous look at navy life from the junior enlisted ranks.

    Thank you in advance.

    Travis Casey


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