We do love our words. As writers they are our friends who allow us to do the magic that is called communication.
When we are on a roll our muse hands us words and phrases and sentences and paragraphs—and soon we have a manuscript.
It is at this point that we ask for a web synopsis.
The rules are simple. One paragraph. No more than 5 sentences. Tell us the characters. Tell us what they do. Tell us the plot. Tell us what promotes the plan or interferes with it (twists). Tell us if the plan is successful or not. And remember, your audience is not the eventual reader. Your audience is the person who must decide if it has potential, can be done within a reasonable budget and is marketable. They do not want to be held in suspense: they want you to be pragmatic and informative toward them.
The web synopsis is a marketing tool aimed at a very limited audience. When a publisher’s rep goes to our website and finds a synopsis that appears to be marketable and printable, we want them to take the next step by asking the agent for a read. Seeing the kind of synopsis we help our authors to write, the publisher understands that this author has the skill, discipline and drive to do the work that will turn a manuscript into a book that will find and hold its own in today’s reading marketplace. Those books will be profitable for everyone—the author, the agent, the publisher and the readers who will be entertained, enriched or even enlightened.
What we ask our writers to do is hard. We know that. Publishers know that. But when done right it greatly enhances your chances of being published.
We could also do it for you but the publishers we deal with know that we don't and for that reason they know that our authors are highly motivated and capable professionals--the kind of person who makes things work.
Here is one that works. Try it:
All you have to do is fill in the blanks, find the right nouns and the perfect modifiers, round off the rough corners and make it sound like you are telling a story to a very specific audience.
When you and your agent are satisfied with your web synopsis you need to send it to the agency's webmaster. He will take your logline, genre, word count and web synopsis and convert it into a page that is viewable by publishers and their representatives.
Now, go to the next page and write your brief biography to accompany your web synopsis.
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