How To Write A Book’s Synopsis

Have you written a book that you’re hoping to get published?  Are you planning to write one soon?  If you are, then you’re going to have to write a synopsis.

Editors and agents will read a book’s synopsis as part of the early stages of review, along with one or two sample chapters.  Doing so will give them an idea of both your writing style and the kind of content the book will focus on, helping them make a decision on whether they’ll want to work with you or not.

Some writers, especially more seasoned ones, prefer to write a synopsis early in the writing process.  It’s a great way to come up with a barebones game plan from which you can refer to when you actually begin drafting the book.

When writing a synopsis, you should focus on three things:

  • The main character
  • The main plot
  • The main conflicts in the story

With those three in tow, anyone reading the synopsis can get the main thrust of the story and how it plays out.   Anything else can be removed to keep the synopsis tight and on point.

There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to the length of a synopsis.  We’ve seen perfectly acceptable ones run anywhere between two to twelve pages in length.   Provided it covers those three core items adequately, though, any length should suffice (you should avoid a synopsis that’s as long as a novel, of course).