For those of my writer friends who dread the synopsis as much as a I do, here is an excellent and concise post on the subject. Ms. Janice Dick includes a checklist of what to include and avoid.
I will be printing this for future reference and suggest you do the same.
Many authors dread writing a synopsis. I admit it takes time and effort, but with a few pointers, a synopsis can become a useful tool for both the editor and the author.
A synopsis is a concise but thorough summary of a story, an overview that includes all main characters and high points.
Note: A synopsis is not the brief summary for back cover copy. That is much shorter and has a unique function.
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