My question is more of a research problem, though one I imagine other writers might have. I'm working on a synopsis of my finished novel, but I'm having a terrible time finding examples of good and bad synopses. (Query letters? Pitch paragraphs? Twenty-five line hooks? Those I've found examples of in abundance, but synopses not so much.) I've found numerous articles offering synopsis advice (without examples), but I'm one of those learn-better-by-example people, so they're of limited utility. Perhaps I'm not looking hard enough?Blog readers to the rescue! This is your chance to practice your synopsis skills and help each other.
Please email me with synopses of well-known, published middle-grade/YA novels (synopses should be no more than 150 words). I'll post them with my comments regarding thoroughness, clarity, style, and appeal in a separate post.
- Think of this as your chance to tell a stranger why they should read a great book.
- Keep it to under two minutes (or, for these purposes, 150 words).
- Get bogged down in detail.
- Describe a little-known or unpublished book. Not helpful.
- What makes it all appealing. If you've summarized everything except the reason readers will be drawn through the plot, you've failed.
- The ending. I don't care if it's a surprise. Tell me how it fricking ends. (Readers: be aware that this will mean spoilers. Don't read a contest synopsis if you don't want to know how the book in question ends.)
- The title of the book. Very likely it will be obvious from the synopsis, but if I can't tell and you haven't told me, I won't use it.