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Joey Eggleton from Alabama is reading Amusing Ourselves to Death February 29, 2012 - 11:15am

I'm new to the community, having only joined up today. I was referred here by a friend of mine and I was needing some advice. I've finished my first novel and the sequel is already more than half-complete. I've gotten the contact information of several literary agents, but before I go and waste my time I need to know: What's a synopsis?

It's a very simple question and I know the basic answer, but I'm talking about a proper synopsis that you send with a query letter. They all ask for it, but I'm unclear of what to send exactly. Do I send just a few paragraphs that are intended to entice the agent or do I send a summary of the entire book? I was able to do the second, shortening a 300 page book into 3 pages, but am I going about this the right way?

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 29, 2012 - 11:19am

Welcome to the pit. Dave should be along with the welcome jazz. My understanding is your query is the synopsis, and then of course there is a more formal one you send along if they specify. I would not send any of the MS unless they request it. Richard is pro at this, he should be able to get with ya. 

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner February 29, 2012 - 11:23am

This is a basic outline. It is by no means perfect. Link

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Joey Eggleton from Alabama is reading Amusing Ourselves to Death February 29, 2012 - 12:59pm

That actually helps alot. I was pretty much shooting in the dark and had no idea what was being demanded of me.