- Jan 4, 2015
Huh. They think MG is 8 - 12 with readers up to 14? That's news to me. I wonder if I should bug them? Hmmm...
Sorry, my confusion was not on the age range for MG, as that varies by publisher, really. My confusion was that they would consider such old protagonists for said books. I've not seen any books pitched at 8 year olds that star 14 year old teenagers. Those two people would be worlds apart, with little common ground in their outlook on life.
Still, I'll submit, though my protagonist is actually 15. They can only say no
I sent them my standard 1 page synopsis. What were the words of warning? I missed that!
That is a solid piece of advice, cheers.When I write one, I simply summarize the goals, motivations, and conflicts of my two main characters.
Yeah, this I get. The detailed - as Pete would say - 'technical documents' I fully understand and use. I have a whole wall of white board that I plan out on and have several spare documents per project that are just there to order events and balance out how the plot is delivered. For me, as a writer, I get the point of that document. For submissions, I don't. I can see why they would want a 'dust jacket' synopsis, just to give them a broader flavour of where you are planning to take the reader, but a full breakdown of plot makes me want to run a mile.I had to write a very detailed synopsis for a screenwriting project. It´s like going to a dentist appointment. But, in the end, it really helped me stay on track and have a clearer view of where the story was going and where it was having trouble.
@AgentPete I think the main issue is what is meant. Pete sees them as a cold, clear list of events as they unfold in your book; something to only be used by the author to keep them on track. Others want a sort of 'dust jacket' summary. Some even want a stylised mix of both, that hints at all the major events in the book (including ending) without being clinical about it.
Sure, and I am 100% able to do this. My issue is that you would not believe how many agencies simply say that they require 'a synopsis'. Which is, like totally helpfulYou need to be able to competently produce both types, and understand the differing circumstances for each type's use.