How to Avoid Plot Summary?
• I actually have a good "hook" or back cover blurb; And that’s where it belongs. A synopsis isn’t hype. It’s the stand-in for the manuscript, and will be looked at if the writing sample is acceptable. If you can’t write who cares what the synopsis says? And if you can, they don’t need to be sold, they’ve already read the blurb as part of the query. So toss that part from the synopsis. • I degenerate into plot summary. And I don't think that's the point of writing a synopsis, though of course there do have to be SOME plot elements involved. Unfortunately, it is the point of the synopsis, so the plot elements are the point of the synopsis. That agent or editor is reading to see several things. First, is the plot complex enough to be interesting? Next, does it flow logically and are the various threads tied off well? Remember, they’re not going to say yes based on ten pages and your synopsis. They’re thinking of asking you for a partial or a full manuscript, and want to know the story. So that’s what you provide You tell the story in present tense, showing the major flow of the novel. It’s not necessary to detail each scene, but the reader should know the various twists and how it ends. Some resources http://www.charlottedillon.com/synopsis.html http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2007/08/how-to-write-synopsis.html