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AliceB
09-14-2007, 07:31 PM
How long is a synopsis for a YA novel of 48K words?

Thanks,
Alice B.

Momento Mori
09-14-2007, 07:56 PM
If you're submitting to an agent/publisher in the UK then the synopsis is generally no longer than a page, but you should check the agent's/publisher's requirements.

MM

AliceB
09-14-2007, 08:23 PM
This is for an agent in the US. I read somewhere that the synopsis should be up to 10 pages long. I'm so confused because I thought one page seemed long enough, too.

thanks,
alice b

Shady Lane
09-14-2007, 08:39 PM
One or two pages, unless they request otherwise.

writermom
09-14-2007, 10:03 PM
One or two pages, unless they request otherwise.

Yup. Shoot for one - no more than two. Good luck!

AliceB
09-14-2007, 11:32 PM
Thanks! I got it down to 10 pages and thought that was good. I will go cut, cut, cut. Or maybe I'll go back and extend my query letter paragraph. That may be easier because it's less than a page (guess that goes without saying).

Thanks!
Alice B

Edit: At the risk of sounding like a college freshman...do I need to doublespace this 1-2 pages?

Chicken Warrior
09-15-2007, 12:58 AM
Generally, I think the less the better without loosing any important information.

moondance
09-15-2007, 01:01 PM
Edit: At the risk of sounding like a college freshman...do I need to doublespace this 1-2 pages?

No. Single space a synopsis

AliceB
09-15-2007, 07:20 PM
Thanks, everyone. Whew, I did it. 2 pages.

I have to say that this was *not fun* at all.

Thanks for the sage advice.

Alice B

Sage
09-15-2007, 10:29 PM
More Sage advice: Post it in the query section of SYW. I got so much good advice when I did that, & my synopsis is probably 100x better for it.