March 2021

Your Novel’s Synopsis: What It Is and How to Use It as a Revision Tool


Distilling your story into a synopsis is definitely challenging; for some writers, it’s harder than writing a full-length book! This is especially true if your novel is more low-concept (character-driven) than high-concept (plot-driven). Still, a story must take place, and the synopsis is your opportunity to highlight its main points. It’s becoming increasingly common for agents to request synopses with either the writer’s query letter or their first few chapters. Getting your synopsis in top shape will help ensure them that your novel is, too. This webinar is designed for all fiction genres and categories and will cover: *The key elements of an effective novel synopsis *The difference between a novel synopsis and a summary that might be used as part of your query letter or cover copy *Best practices on how to start and finish your synopsis *What your synopsis can tell you about your story’s opening, pacing & plot *Tips on how to revise your novel based on your synopsis, or vice versa

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About Sangeeta Mehta

Sangeeta Mehta has worked in the publishing field since the late 1990s. She has been an acquiring editor at both Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (the children's division of the Hachette Book Group) and Simon Pulse (the teen paperback division of Simon & Schuster). She currently consults on book projects for corporate and independent book publishers (with current and recent clients including Macmillan, Lee & Low, and Workman Publishing) and individual authors. She also mentors aspiring teen writers through the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. A California native, Sangeeta moved to New York City in 2002, after working for two literary agents and earning a Masters degree in comparative literature from UCLA. She continues to live in the heart of the publishing industry and enjoys taking on clients from all over the world. Visit her website at www.mehtabookeditingnewyork.com.