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TrixieLox
02-15-2012, 11:05 PM
Many agents here in the UK ask querying writers for a 'short synopsis'. How many pages would you say that would be for a 110k novel?

Cheers my dears! Trix

PS. I hate synopses. They make me physically sick.

Bufty
02-15-2012, 11:35 PM
Who knows - each may have their own idea of what they mean by short.

One page (single spacing between lines) is pretty short and should satisfy the requirement but I doubt anyone would reject you for sending two pages.

Stick to the main characters and the main plot thread. Ignore all minor characters and all subplots, and don't forget to show the conclusion. Concentrate on flow and clarity and reveal the type/style of writing that is in the manuscript (that does not mean to include quotations).

The purpose of the synopsis is to show one has a structured story with a beginning, a middle and an end - and it's often used as a selling tool when the Agent approaches publishers.

Any help.

GFanthome
02-15-2012, 11:38 PM
From what I've learned from submitting to publishers is that one page is a short synopsis and three pages is a good length for a more in-depth synopsis.

Admittedly, writing an effective, single-page synopsis is a challenge, especially trying to sum up the entire novel, character motivations, etc in one page. But it can be done.

Check out the inside book covers of novels you like. They usually provide a synopsis of the novel, which you can use as a guide.

AVS
02-15-2012, 11:49 PM
One page is sometimes specified. When I read short, I generally think three pages max.

gothicangel
02-16-2012, 12:32 AM
I've always had a rule of thumb: 500 words, never longer than one page unless requested.

jaksen
02-16-2012, 02:24 AM
I have written (for various agents) a one-page synopsis, a three-pager, as well as a one-paragraph and even a one-sentence.

Yes, one of the agents I queried asked me to sum up my novel in one sentence.

Buffysquirrel
02-16-2012, 03:35 AM
Yes, one of the agents I queried asked me to sum up my novel in one sentence.

It's a book.

Eh, I would say 1-2 pages.

scarletpeaches
02-16-2012, 04:05 AM
I'd say two, in the same font as the actual manuscript, though single-spaced.

And I love writing synopses. They're piss-easy. :D

LydiaNetzer
02-16-2012, 05:52 AM
One page. That's it. If possible one paragraph.

For inspiration, look at the TV Guide summaries for movies you have seen. You'll see how an impossibly complicated plot and a delightfully diverse collection of characters can be reduced to four words. And you have 250.

scarletpeaches
02-16-2012, 05:52 AM
One page. That's it. If possible one paragraph.

For inspiration, look at the TV Guide summaries for movies you have seen. You'll see how an impossibly complicated plot and a delightfully diverse collection of characters can be reduced to four words. And you have 250.That's a blurb, not a synopsis.

jaksen
02-16-2012, 06:56 AM
It's a book.

Eh, I would say 1-2 pages.

Yes, I was querying a book, or novel, and an agent asked for a one-sentence synopsis.

Though most agents I've queried wanted a one-page or 'short' synopsis.

Buffysquirrel
02-16-2012, 05:25 PM
Yes, I was querying a book, or novel, and an agent asked for a one-sentence synopsis.

A logline, presumably. Interesting task. For certain values of interesting :).

seun
02-16-2012, 05:35 PM
And I love writing synopses. They're piss-easy. :D

I hate you.

Phaeal
02-16-2012, 06:38 PM
I'd say one-two pages would be safe.

As for tackling synopses, here's my strategy. I write the first draft as long as it wants to be -- maybe ten, maybe fifteen pages. Then I cut and condense until I have a five pager, double-spaced; a two pager, single-spaced; and a one-pager, single-spaced. I've also found it useful for the shorter synopses to start from my query and add the rest of the story in brief.

Jamesaritchie
02-16-2012, 06:49 PM
I've never need more than one page, single-spaced, but two is usually considered short enough.

dangerousbill
02-16-2012, 10:34 PM
Many agents here in the UK ask querying writers for a 'short synopsis'. How many pages would you say that would be for a 110k novel?


My own rule of thumb is:

Query - one page

Short synopsis - three pages, double spaced

Long synopsis - ten pages, double spaced.

1. Include entire main plotline including the ending.

2. The first time a character's name is mentioned, use all caps, eg, 'Zombie hunter MONICA LEWINSKY, 22, runs her business from her home.' (Including the age is optional.)

3. Edit, edit, edit. Polish, polish, polish. The synopsis is a sales tool and has to be take seriously.

dangerousbill
02-16-2012, 10:35 PM
Yes, one of the agents I queried asked me to sum up my novel in one sentence.

Use lots and lots of semicolons.

Martin Persson
02-25-2012, 05:55 AM
In this digital age of e-mails how do we know what "one page" is?

angeluscado
02-25-2012, 08:24 AM
In this digital age of e-mails how do we know what "one page" is?

I'm guessing type it out in Word or similar before you c&p into the email.

waylander
02-26-2012, 02:17 PM
The one I used was ~1500 words