Yes, the dreaded synopsis, right up there with the dreaded query. In fact, I think the query and synopsis are a two headed mythological monster that assumed the separate identity of query and synopsis just to blend in with modern day society. It's a theory, and I'm sticking with it.
So, I have to do a synopsis at some point, in the very near future. Woo-hoo, for me!!! No, I didn't believe that line either, but it was worth a try. The margarita glass is always half-full after all!
Now, what would a blog post be without some useful links . . . but you'll have to wait a bit for those. First, a good example of a synopsis, two in fact, can be found at the beginning of Tad William's Shadowrise (the third book in his most recent epic fantasy series). So, go to the library, check out the book, and check out the synopsis (both) in the front. Sorry, don't know the plural for synopsis. Ha! I've read both previous books in the series and I can tell you the synopsisi (???) cover all the bases. They run in length from 3 to 4 pages for some very big books.
And, while I'm talking about Tad Williams, Shadowrise was supposed to be the last book in the series except . . . he ended up with 1500 pages. Yes, he did. He wrote an apology to his readers that starts out this book explaining what he did, and that the last volume of the series (Shadowheart) would come out in a few months. It will come out in November. Woo-hoo! Now this, dear readers, is the way to maintain your reading audience, unlike another author who wrote too big a book, badly split it in two and . . . . four years later still hasn't put out the next book. : )
But, back to synopsi (???) . . .
Natalie Whipple at Between Fact and Fiction did a post about how to write a synopsis. Lady Glamis at The Innocent Flower and The Literary Lab was nice enough to pass this on to me.
Nathan Bransford did a post called how to write a synopsis.
Over at BookEnds, LLC - A Literary Agency there's a post called the synopsis.
And, with careful searching of the links on agent blogs, you can find even more information. In fact, I have a whole folder at the house filled with printouts on how to write a synopsis. Now, had I been uber prepared, I would have had all those links available. Unfortunately, I wasn't in uber-prepared mode today, so you just have the above links. But . . . I have faith in the research abilities of my followers. If you have any great synopsis (or synopsi) links, please post them in the comments section. Thanks.