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The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition by Writer's Digest Writer's Digest Editors

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Chapter Forty-Nine

Your Guide to an Effective Novel Synopsis

Summarize Your Story in a Compelling Way

Chuck Sambuchino and the Editors of Writer’s Digest

Before you submit your novel to an agent or publisher, there are things you need to do. First and foremost, you must finish the work. If you contact an agent and she likes your idea, she will ask to see some or all of the manuscript. You don’t want to have to tell her it won’t be finished for another six months. If your novel is complete and polished, it’s time to write your query and synopsis. After that, you’re ready to test the agent and editor waters.

How you submit your novel package will depend on each agent or publisher’s specified submission guidelines. You’ll find that some want only ...

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