This post, by Lynnette Labelle, originally appeared on her site on 11/13/12.
We’ve been talking a lot about synopses lately, but do you know how to format one? Here’s a cheat sheet for you.
Agents and editors typically follow the same guidelines as below, but it’s always a good idea to check their website or blog in case they have a personal preference.
-Double-space a synopsis, unless it’s one page single-spaced—ANYTHING over a page means double spacing the synopsis.
-Align left (don’t justify).
-Use one-inch margins all around.
-Check your font. It should be: Times New Roman or Courier, 12-point, black.
-If the synopsis is double-spaced, indent the first line of paragraphs ½ inch, but don’t add an extra line between paragraphs.
-If the synopsis is single-spaced, do NOT indent the paragraphs, but put an extra line between them.
-Your header should be on the left like this: author’s last name/title/synopsis. For any page beyond the first, use the same header format but add /page number after “synopsis”.
Note: Contests usually don’t want you to have your name on the entry, so check if you need to remove yours.
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