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One Page Synopsis - SoCal Orange Empire Writers League

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In our fast-paced world, agents and editors are busier than ever. Today, as always, they want to see a synopsis, only now they want it as brief as possible.

The result?

Instead of the five-page synopsis requested in days of olde, many are asking for a one-pager.

If you’re like me, you have trouble condensing an entire novel into a five-page summary, much less anything shorter. So when an agent says, “Send a one-page synopsis,” or, “Include a one-page synopsis with your query,” we panic. At least I do.

One page?

Like the old saying, “The difficult we can do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer,” we must work on the impossible.

So condense your novel to one page, and bring your page to the next meeting. And, let’s make it a little easier on ourselves; let’s make them single-spaced, but we still need a header and the title and byline at the top. Please bring enough copies for everyone attending. We’ll all go over each other’s work and offer suggestions.

After you RSVP, I'll send a guideline to help you write your synopsis.

Dare I say, Happy Writing?

Brenda Hill

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