|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
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.