Forum Discussion: Literary Agents and Query letters

We would like to give our thanks to Rod Jordan for starting a new forum discussion this morning about Literary Agents and Book proposals. We hope to read more insights like this from you authors. For the literary-agents that are among us here at Indie Writers Support, we are all looking forward to your participations.

I recently had a literary agent ask for a synopsis of my latest novel, Code Name: Fountain of Youth. I shuttered! This is not an easy task. For starters, my manuscript contains 389 pages. How in the heck can I summarize this puppy into one or two pages?

The first think I did was look up the definition. It read: A synopsis conveys the narrative explanation of the problem or plot...the the book ends and who changes from beginning to end of the story. It should include the characters feelings and emotions!

Start with a strong paragraph identifying your protagonist problems, conflict and setting.

Next, convey major plot turns or conflict necessary and any characters necessary to make sense.

Finally, indicate how major conflicts are resolved in the last paragraph.

Easy, peasy right?

So, here's what I'm thinking...I'll show you mine if you show me yours. Perhaps we can help each other out. What do you think?

Bob Jordan

Clanci's Novels

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