Category: Synopsis

The Short and Sweet on Writing a Synopsis

by Evan Yeong Let me get right to the point: if you want to submit a manuscript to Harlequin it has to be accompanied by a synopsis. This brief summary will help give the editors a better sense of your ability to craft a narrative, create and resolve tension, and pace out emotional beats. At…

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An editor’s guide to writing your synopsis

Susan Litman, Editor for Special Edition, brings you her guide to synopsis writing: the long and short of it! Every writer’s least favorite part of prepping a submission is the synopsis. Should it be long? How long? How short? How much detail? Does it matter if the heroine’s car is red or blue? (Truth is, it…

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Dear Editor…

Dear Editor, I am writing the dreaded synopsis! How can I make mine stand out from the crowd? What do editors really want to see? I am targeting the Presents line with a super wealthy alpha hero and street smart yet innocent heroine with sizzling chemistry. Any advice gratefully received, Shadia Hi Shadia, Great question!…

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The Pitch, Query and Synopsis: A Primer

By Susan Litman, Editor, Harlequin Special Edition Congratulations! You’ve finished your new manuscript. Now you’re getting ready to enter So You Think You Can Write or pitch the project to an editor in person or online. Or maybe you’ve decided to submit to an editor and you’re asked to include a query letter and synopsis.…

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Wednesday’s Challenge: The Synopsis

Are you up for today’s challenge? No one really likes to read or write a synopsis, but it is a useful tool for editors. We refer back to them throughout the publishing process: when writing memos to recommend the stories to senior editors, when filling out the cover art forms, and when writing the back…

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