A synopsis is the play-by-play of your novel. A pitch is a to-the-point email or letter that focuses on the hook, the conflict, and why it matters for the protagonist–and why an agent should read your book!
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Some of you reading might think, “So what? If an agent wants to represent me, won’t they want the synopsis?” The answer is no, not in the query letter.
A query letter is not a synopsis. A query letter’s job is to get an agent to want to read more. A synopsis is to share when the agent is already interested, perhaps already requested your chapters, and needs to know the plot outline.
If you pitch us a synopsis and not a query:
1. It ends up being too long. A query should only be three paragraphs long. A query with a synopsis pasted in goes on and on. Agents stop reading.
2. We are missing things like the stakes and the motivation. A synopsis is a play by play, when what we REALLY want is to know why this book is different than all the others out there. Sell us on it. Continue reading The Biggest Query Letter Mistake