How to Write a Synopsis of Your Story

For those trying to write novellas or novels and also trying to get published, I just wanted to point out a key part of this process: the synopsis. When sending in manuscripts to publishers they often ask for more than just the manuscript. One add-on they require is a synopsis of your story, something to sum it all up in a few pages so the readers get the gist of it before diving into the entire manuscript. Writing a novel can be daunting in itself, then trying to condense it and yet capture its very essence all in a very small space can be even more anxiety provoking and challenging. I decided to do some research and look into a step-by-step guide that could help anyone interested in learning how to write these synopsis’. This skill will be good to have if you do decide to pursue a career in writing or desire to be published; it’s also beneficial to understand how getting published works now because I know I was under the impression that you just send in your manuscript and that was that.

The website I found that went into great length on writing a good synopsis is They explain that, “the purpose of a synopsis is to inform a literary agent or publisher of the type of book you are writing/have written in a concise, appealing fashion, conveying that you are in command of your subject matter. If you want your manuscript to be given serious consideration, a good synopsis is a crucial part of your submission.” The website goes on to explain how this can be accomplished and the different steps that are necessary in writing a successful synopsis.

I hope this site helps some of you out if you’re interested in getting published one day!




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