Have you ever spoken to someone in publishing or browsed the submission portion of an agency’s website and wondered what on earth we’re all talking about?
Well, wonder no more. Here in Dictionary Corner we will strive to shed some light on the technical jargon and industry lingos that often confuse new writers.
Synopsis – We don’t mean to patronise, we’re sure you know what ‘synopsis’ means. But this is what we personally want to see when we request a synopsis:
An outline of all the important events in the novel with no elusive references to what might happen or incomplete conclusions along the lines of ‘and what they discover will change their lives forever…’. Spoilers are well and truly welcome.
Ideally it will be a page long and will introduce all the major characters and themes as well as thoroughly giving away the ending.
Are there any terms we use that befuddle you? Please do let us know by leaving a comment or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll respond with our own personal definition just for you.
By Vicki Le Feuvre