Just when I think I've mastered the full and the short synopsis, I'm starting to see lots of requests for one-three paragraph synopses (from publishers).
This seems more like a summary or blurb to me. How can one put in the majority of plot points and emotional arcs into one to three paragraphs? I've done a ton of searches for examples but only coming up with summaries. Am I missing something?
Sorry if you've dealt with this before. When I find examples of short synopses, it's always a page or two, not a paragraph or two!
Synopses are the spawn of Satan but ya gotta have 'em. Just a couple days ago an editor asked for a synopsis of a book I'd sent her. Fortunately, my client was prepared and when I slunk over to ask her for one, she had it back to me in minutes. Two pages of course, not this lunacy of a couple paragraphs.
But if someone asks for just a few paragraphs, what you include are the major plot points. Leave out almost everything else.
Think of the framework in a newspaper article: who what when where why, then add the twist in the middle, and what happens at the end.
It will make your novel look brutalized, but honestly if that's what an editor wants, that's what they want.
My guess is they want to get the highlights and make sure it doesn't turn in to science fiction in the twist and the ending (ie aliens arrive in chapter 14.)