This is the very first time I'm trying to publish my works and they told me the first step for getting in contact with a publisher is writing a query and synopsis. Today I've written my very first synopsis. The novel is very long and it's full of twists and turns and I've tried to make the synopsis as much complete as possible, while not putting in it anything unnecessary, but it's turned out more than five pages long. I've read a catchy synopsis shouldn't be longer than one page, but I don't think I can boild down the whole plot into a document shorter than three/four pages without significant cuts. Maybe this is a stupid question, but should a synopsis be as much complete and detailed as possible? If not, how much can I leave out? Guess I should add a little more detail. The novel is sci-fi, with mixed-in elements from the supernatural and mecha. The plot is part a spy story and part a war story, the two stories told in parallel until they merge into a single storyline toward the middle. There are three main characters and two major subcharacters, and four subvillains and one great villain whom we meet only at the end. In the synopsis I tried to cover only the story for the three major characters, mentioning the others only if necessary and the villains only when they actually met the major characters. The novel is divided into five parts, with a prologue and epilogue. I tried to summarise each part briefly, trying to convey as much information as possible with the smaller number of phrases, including the infomation for prologue and epilogue. I left out any information about the context and I've focused on the plot only, adding at the beginning the word count and genre before the synopsis proper.