Okay that title is sarcastic. I now officially know what everyone is complaining about.
I feel like I have a good handle on my manuscript – and moreover, I think I have a good handle on the building blocks of the story. But wow – distilling it down to two pages is a lot harder than getting it down to three paragraphs for the purposes of a query.
Allow me to say wow again.
Although I haven’t actually had to submit a synopsis with a query yet, I anticipate having to do it, so I will soldier on. Making the complicated simple (and sale-able) is what I do for a living. I can do this.
Here are some resources I’m drawing upon:
And I was super-pleased to stumble upon these synopsis samples by Charlotte Dillon – which are also a complete romp of a read (and I do mean romp in the way you think I mean it). They were a big help.
I’d love to know where you look for synopsis help!
UPDATE: @kapybara suggested Janice Hardy, author of the terrific THE SHIFTER as a resource. Click here for her totally helpful blog entry on synopsis writing.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Query Tracker sent me an e-mail just now that includes deets about a YA contest requiring a synopsis as part of the entry. They kindly included the following reference links for those needing help with synopsis writing: