I'm working on the submission guidelines for the optional synopsis:
Here's what I've got so far (and it's an early draft!!)
Send a 3-5 page synopsis (750-1250 words)
Word count is a guideline. If you have 700, it's ok. If you have 1300 it's ok.
600 probably isn't enough; 1500 is probably too many.
Here's what to remember: I don't check the word count first. I read the synopsis. If it doesn't tell me enough, you have too few words. If it's stuffed with events and then and then and then, you probably have too many.
What I'm looking for:
Who are the main characters and what choices they face.
What are the stakes for those choices.
(That's mostly what the query is about too)
As the synopsis develops so should the tension.
I want to actively wonder what happens next.
And what I really want to see are the twists.
I REALLY want your plot to surprise me, hopefully more than once.
I like words that signal a twist:
But then,I like them a lot.
For a book that turns the plot upside down more than once:
Deep Sky by Patrick Lee (a book so immersive, the plot twist still gets me!)
What am I missing?
What's not clear?
What's outright wrong?
Torment me with your revision suggestions!