Completing the submission package
Take a wonderful query letter, add a perfect synopsis, and …
OK, so now you know how to write a query letter. It’s not hard and, assuming you can write a half-decent novel, then writing a decent query letter should be easy-peasy.
But you need to team that with a synopsis to complete your submission package.
I’m not going to talk in detail about writing a synopsis now – but you can get a detailed guide on writing a synopsis here – but suffice to say:
- A synopsis should summarise the story of your book
- The language should be neutral rather than salesy
- Unless an agent specifically asks for something different, you should aim to prepare a synopsis of about 500 words. That will typically run to about a page and a half of normally laid out text.
- You don’t need to cram every plot detail into your synopsis. Or, to be precise, you can’t cram every plot detail into your synopsis.
- Instead, you want to hang your synopsis around the basic structure of your book: Status Quo / Initiating Incident / Developments / Climax / Resolution. You’ll find that the “Developments” section of the synopsis skates over a lot of specifics, but that’s fine – that’s your synopsis doing its job!
If you want more (and you do) you can get it here.
Happy writing, and happy agent-hunting!
About the author
Harry Bingham has been a professional author for twenty years and more. He’s been published by each of the three largest publishers in the world. He’s hit bestseller lists, had a ton of critical acclaim, and has been published in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Japan . . . and lots of other places too. His work has been adapted for the screen and he’s enjoyed (almost) every minute of his career. (More about Harry, more about his books).