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    Should I bother writing a chapter outline if I already have a synopsis?

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Banes, Aug 25, 2011.

    Should I bother writing a chapter outline if I already have a synopsis?

    I have my query letter.
    I have my cover letter.
    I have my manuscript.
    I have my synopsis.

    Am I ready to submit my queries to agents?
     
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    Maybe, but that's something you have to decide on. It really depends on the publisher.
     
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    I'd check what the particular agent or publisher asks for.
     
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    yes!... some agents may want a chapter outline, so it's not a bad idea to have one ready, just in case...

    same goes for both a short [1-2 pg] and medium [3-5 pg] synopsis...
     
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    Even if an agent doesn't ask for one, I would still write one for personal preference.
     
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    I don't mean to sound like a "noob", but is a chapter outline a brief summary of every chapter?
     
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    yes... a very brief summary... doesn't even have to be in formal sentences, just give an idea of what takes place... like this:

    and so on...
     
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    Okay thanks Mammamaia. I kind of want to know what happens to Joe Blow now though :D
     
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    take it and make it go wherever you want, with my blessing, steve!
     
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    me too, :D :rolleyes:
     
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    me three. :)
     
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    hey, this could be fun!

    why don't each of you do up a plot based on that little start and let me 'award' the creator of the best one [imo] postage-paid signed copies of the 4 books of my 6 that i still have copies of?
     
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    I'm so going to now :D.
     

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