Oh yes, you do! You have to write a synopsis. Why? Because agents want it.
Yeah, I know. I read the doom and gloom surrounding the search to learn the art of synopsis writing too. However, there is plenty of good advice to be found by performing such searches.
Here’s some of what my basket of synopsis information includes:
– A synopsis is highly subjective.
– If the work includes more than one plot line, you may find it necessary to focus solely on one of them—the plot used to move the main story along.
– Prepare no less than three versions: One page (can be more than 250 words), 500 words, and 700 words. Start with the 700-word version. Then, once you’re comfortable with that one, reduce from there.
– Understand that the work will lose most adverbs and adjectives—there will be little room for description. Focus on what moves the plot along.
I know it’s excruciating to dismantle your precious work, but keep in mind that a synopsis is the perfect tool to share the whole of your story rather than depending solely on how well your query is received.
A well-written synopsis can mean the difference between getting an agent’s attention and getting the dreaded generic denial.
I found these sites to have solid information/direction on synopsis writing: