When writing a synopsis and trying to distill 85K words into a meager 750, I feel like I have to leave out so much (subplots, minor characters) that it hardly feels representative of the same manuscript.
My question is, will an agent count as a strike against when reading a full that so much is missing? For example, 20% of my current manuscript is told from a particular character's POV. But there's just not enough room in the synopsis to even mention this character, so I've summed up that storyline as if from the main character's POV. Feels like cheating, or am I being paranoid?
For starters you don't write a synopsis from any one's point of view. Synopsis are always in the objective third person. You list the main events of the book and the main characters and the main plot twists.
For example: In Gone With the Wind you obviously have three time periods: before the war, the War, after the war.
In the book there is a long section about how Gerald O'Hara came to America from Ireland and won the hand of Ellen Robillard. This is in the before the war section of course.
As important as that is to the woop and warf of the book, you leave it out of the synopsis because GWTW is mainly the story of their first born daughter Katie Scarlett.
The movie version leaves out all of SueEllen's story with Will, the man who comes to Tara after the war. You'd leave that out of the synopsis as well.
A synopsis isn't intended to be a miniature replica of the book as a whole.
Instead, it's more like the interior support of the building. It's what holds the novel together
and gives it shape and form.
This is the synopsis:
This is the query:
This is the book: