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Synopsis-writing service

Are you ready to submit your synopsis and sample chapters to agents or publishers, but worried about whether your synopsis is letting you down? These days a good synopsis is an essential part of the submission package, as very few agents or publishers will look at a complete manuscript. Some writers find it really difficult to synopsise their own work effectively so they can feel confident that the synopsis presents their work in the best possible way. Perhaps this is something our professional editors could help you with?

Our new service has been introduced by popular demand. For it to work effectively, the work in question will need to be in good shape and ready for submission, so we really only advise writers to consider this service when they are ready to find an agent or publisher.

The editor will need to read the complete manuscript in order to write the synopsis, which should be no more than 1,000 words long. If it is fiction, the synopsis will outline the storyline in individual chapters, giving the writer a straightforward synopsis of what is in the ms, rather than a blurb or piece of selling copy of any kind.

On non-fiction mss we have a higher charge to reflect the greater complexity of the material, but the service will work along the same lines. We are not setting out to provide a service which will produce an outline for an unwritten book, since only the writer can do that. Please bear in mind that most non-fiction is sold on outline. We would urge any non-fiction writer to produce an outline of what they are planning when they start work on the project in any case, as this is an essential discipline which will help to develop the structure of the book.

The editor producing the synopsis will be an experienced professional with many years of experience in editing and the writing skill to put together a synopsis of your work.

Send your manuscript to us as an email attachment in Word.

What it costs

The fee for the Synopsis-writing service is calculated in relation to the length of the manuscript. In the case of this particular service the time it will take to write the synopsis required may be greater than the reading time, which is why the fee is relatively high. This fee is payable in advance.

For fiction manuscripts up to 100,000 words in length the fee will be £170, for 100,000 to 150,000 words £190 and for 150,000 to 200,000 words £210.

On non fiction manuscripts we will have to assess the ms first, but please bear in mind that the fee will be higher than for fiction.

Fees are payable in advance.

Please send your manuscript as one unzipped Word file, unless it is over 125,000 words, when we recommend splitting it into two files.

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