With the latest revision of Killing Kessler out to betas, I'm hoping it will be ready to query soon, so it's probably time to write the synopsis. Okay, it's probably well past time but getting to the point where I can't put it off any longer.
I've been looking through my writing books for synopsis tips. Here are a few of the tips I found most valuable:
Always follow the publisher's or agent's guidelines on synopsis length, but generally synopses should be one single-spaced page, or up to five double-spaced pages. Shorter is better, though some novels, like thrillers or mysteries, might require more.
Establish a hook at the beginning. Think of your synopsis as a sales pitch.
Introduce your most important character first.
Main characters should be well developed. What are their goals, motivations, obstacles? The reader needs to care about them.
Don't leave the editor/agent in suspense; tie everything up and reveal the ending.
P.S. I thought I remembered seeing something about this on Elana Johnson's blog before, and I just took a look and found it. If you're writing your own synopsis, check out her advice here.
P.P.S. Also, Catherine Winn has posted a great idea on writing synopses that I'll definitely try. Click here to read her post.
I think I remember seeing someone mention on their blog that they had taken an online seminar on writing a synopsis. Does anyone know of any good seminars, courses, books, etc. that you would recommend?
What's your best synopsis advice?