Writing a Synopsis 101: Links and Resources

By Cecilia Lewis

Earlier this month, I discussed tips for writing a synopsis. Today, I’d like to share some additional resources for synopses, from the basics to more in-depth advice. I found these links and resources helpful during my own synopses-writing process and hope other writers will find them equally useful. This is not an all-inclusive list, but should serve as a starting point for writers looking for more information about synopses.

Quick reads and tools:

1. The Dreaded Synopsis is a great post by agent Suzie Townsend about how to tackle a synopsis, starting with the basics.

2. The Synopsis Wizard is a useful tool that will generate a synopsis based on your input, creating a helpful template.

3. This post at BookEnds Literary is a helpful beginner’s guide to synopses.

4. 5 Steps to Writing a Synopsis by agent Vivian Beck is one of the quickest how-to synopsis guides I’ve seen.

5. How to Write a Synopsis by author/former agent Nathan Bransford is another helpful guide to the basics.

6. The (Not So) Dreaded Synopsis by author Roni Loren and How I Write a Synopsis by author Diana Peterfreund both offer several quick tips.

Longer reads:

1. How to Write a 1-Page Synopsis by author Susan Dennard is an incredibly in-depth and informative post.

2. This post by author Joshua Palmatier provides both advice and thorough examples, as well as links to other example posts.

3. How to Write a Synopsis by author Jodi Meadows offers several great tips.

4. Writer’s Digest offers numerous articles on various writing and publishing-related topics, and several of their posts on synopses are informative.


Know a resource that should be on the list? Have a question about writing synopses? Leave it in the comments below!

Want a professional evaluation of your synopsis or other submission materials? Check out my Synopsis Critique and other editorial services.

This post is part of my Links and Resources series. You can find previous posts in the series here, and follow the blog for all my new content about writing craft, the submission process, and more.

Related Posts:

-8 Tips for Writing a Synopsis

-Literary Agents 101: Links and Resources

-5 Steps for Researching Literary Agents

-The Querying Process 101: Links and Resources

-Query Letters 101: Links and Resources


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