1. c0sm0kn0t

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    Outline vs Synopsis

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by c0sm0kn0t, Dec 5, 2018.

    Hi all,

    I'm working on compiling all the supplementary documentation needed for submissions to literary agents. I've picked a few that seem to represent authors with works similar to my own novel. Most of them ask for a query letter, synopsis, and sample of the novel; however, one asks for a "one-page outline". Is that the same things as a synopsis? Coming from an academic background in science, an outline means something very specific. It involves headings with nested bullet points showing the overall structure of your work. Am I just overthinking this? Do they really just want a one-page synopsis?

    Also, when literary agents ask for "two page" or "one page" whatever, is it understood that they prefer a certain spacing (i.e., single, 1.5, or double)? I don't want to be "that person" who sends a single-spaced one-page document when it's an unspoken rule that some other spacing is the standard. Thanks for the insights!
     
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    In this context, I would consider "outline" and "synopsis" to be synonyms. I'd be really surprised if the agent was looking for bullet points or headings or any of that.

    And, yes, double-spaced when they mention a certain number of pages.

    Good luck!
     
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    I never understand how it matters. If people can't progress ten words in a sequence, and then ten, and then another ten, how is an individual over e-mail ever going to progress the dialogue? Why even try?

    Giro Conspiracy is a ten fousand word thriller at the YA market

    piss off.

    GRUMPY
     
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    Thanks! I'll need that forum soon once I'm able to post my query letter for review. Got another week of being a member and several more posts before I meet the requirements. That being said, I was asking specifically about an outline and synopsis. The query letter rules seem pretty straightforward to me!
     
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    Do you think I can sneak in 1.5 spacing? I've got it down to 2 pages with that and shudder to think of shortening it further!
     
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    Yeah I think this paricular agent will just be getting my 2 pager synopsis. Seems silly to give them anything else. Thanks for all the information!
     
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