Tricks to write a shorter synopsis
You have edited and polished your manuscript to death and now you need to send off a stack of query letters to different agents/publishers. The dreaded synopsis is finished…BUT…
…it’s six pages long. That’s okay in some instances, but what happens when you come across someone who wants a ONE page synopsis? Shock, horror, how can you condense 6 pages into one?
Here are a few of my tricks.
1. The page should be single spaced with one space in between paragraphs and are right-aligned with no indents and 1-inch margins.
2. Reduce the font to Times New Roman 11pt. Yes; it is small, but still
3. Go through the synopsis and find the turning points. Remove any
4. Think about rewording. Can you make some sentences smaller. For Example.
Abigail doesn’t want Justin to touch the child. He might kill him.
Abigail fears Justin will kill her child.
Here you have just got rid of five words without changing the meaning of the sentence. It will also make the synopsis sharper – more concise.
5. Remove flowery description. You don’t need it in a synopsis.
6. DON’T repeat full names. Put in the action and emotions, but leave out what the place they are in looks like. Unless it’s haunted or something more that needs to be highlighted about the room.
7. You’re telling whoever reads this synopsis what the story is about, so don’t include dialogue.
Born in England, Margaret moved to the Kent countryside five years ago to get away from the busy life in London. She married with two grown up children and has worked in various fields of work. She is a Clairknowing medium, Crystal Therapist, Parapsychologist and Psychic Development tutor.
She’s been writing over 20 years and has numerous short stories, novels and articles published. Margaret writes romance and paranormals. Incorporating her spiritual experiences, into her books.