Join Jessica Brody for an in-depth discussion in this video The full synopsis, part of Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher.
- [Jessica] There's a good chance…that when you query an agent…they're going to ask you for a full manuscript of your book.…Sometimes, however, instead of asking to read…the entire manuscript…an agent will ask you for the synopsis of the book…and the first three chapters, or first 30 pages.…This is so the agent can quickly gauge your writing style…and your ability to plot an entire story…without having the read the full manuscript.…So before you start querying any agents…you should have this full synopsis ready to go.…Full synopses can be hard for a creative writer to write.…
I know plenty of successful published authors…who still have trouble writing them…and still dread having to do it.…But, it's an extremely important piece of your submission…and it's something that all writers have to do…even after they get published.…So I highly recommend investing time into learning…how to write a good one.…The full synopsis should be an even more fleshed out version…of your short synopsis…and it should include the entire plot of the book.…
- Comparing traditional publishing and self-publishing
- Writing and revising your novel
- Finding an agent
- Perfecting your pitch
- Writing a query letter
- Researching agents
- Submitting to agents
- Reading your book contract
- Negotiating advances and royalties
- Understanding the publishing process
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Overview of the Publishing Process
Why I created this course2m 32s
2. Writing and Revising Your Novel
3. Introduction to Literary Agents
4. Creating and Perfecting Your Pitch
5. Writing Your Query Letter
6. Researching Agents
7. Submitting to Agents
8. Selling Your Novel
9. Navigating Your First Book Contract
10. The Publishing Process
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