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Offline Patrick

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Ground Rules
« on: September 03, 2007, 07:48:12 AM »
Posters:
1.  Paste in your synopsis.
2.  Be prepared, you may hear something you don't like.  Take all criticisms as constructive remarks.
3.  You don't have to listen to everyone who reviews your synopsis. But if you get many responses saying the same thing, then you should seriously consider it.

While we don't have an official rule about it, we are a collaborative community and thus encourage anyone who posts their work to return the favor and review the works of others.  Those reviewing the work of others generally receive more and better reviews of their own work.


Reviewers:
1.  Be kind, but firm.
2.  If you were browsing a book store and read this synopsis on the back of the book, what would you think?
3.  Check for grammar, spelling and typos (because we all need help with these).
4.  Don't just criticize, offer suggestions for improvement.
5.  If it's good, say so.

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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2008, 10:13:54 AM »
I have noticed that you say to "paste" your query or synopsis, my question is how does one go about pasting one or the other?
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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2008, 12:19:58 PM »
Go into Word (or whatever word processing program you use), select the text you want to share, and choose EDIT >> COPY (or Ctrl-C).

Then go into the query tracker forum and click in the box where you type your message.  Choose EDIT >> PASTE (or Ctrl-V) to paste in your query or synopsis.
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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009, 05:47:39 PM »
Or, once you've highlighted the text in your word document that you want to post, right click and a list of opptions should appear.  Click "copy" then come back to QT and open a post box.  Right click, and when the list of options appears, click "paste" and TADA!  Your text shows up and you can post it! ;D
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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2009, 10:09:26 AM »
Easier way is to highlight all, then hit ctrl+c, alt-tab back to QT's posting place, hit ctrl+v, and poof.  It's in there.  I hate using a mouse if I don't have to.
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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2011, 09:30:08 PM »
Im uncomfortable with my synopsis as it stands. What sites do you all recommend that maybe I could look at and see if I really am on the right track?
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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2011, 10:13:06 PM »
@jaelynnfaye,

Why not post your synopsis right here on the QT Forum? 

I'm sure you will get some help (and support) from many experienced writers. 

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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2011, 06:46:45 AM »
@jaelynnfaye,

Why not post your synopsis right here on the QT Forum? 

I'm sure you will get some help (and support) from many experienced writers. 

p.s.  don't worry... we don't bite!   :hi:



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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2011, 07:09:01 AM »
Uhm, should you include anything about prologue or epilogue in a synopsis? (they're very relevant)
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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2012, 12:42:39 PM »
Here is a link to a how-to page. (That I wish I would've had when I started.)

http://www.fictionwriters.com/tips-synopsis.html

Also, something I learned from critiques, character's names should be all in capitals the first time they're mentioned.

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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2012, 08:54:41 PM »
Is there a word limit to synopsis(es?)? :crazy:
I can't get mine below 1,000 words.

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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2012, 10:06:11 AM »
Depends on the Agent.
It's a good idea to have several versions.
Some agents will ask for a page synopsis, some two pages.
I think five is pretty much the max.

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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2012, 10:23:52 AM »
Thanks, Telesphorian
That's reassuring.
I suppose it an agent has a preference, they'll mention it on their site.

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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2013, 07:47:44 PM »
I have always heard that length of the synopsis should be approximately the same number of pages as the Acts you have.  For example, if you are using the Three Act method, then you would try to limit your synopsis to three pages.  I don't think it's an absolute rule and I'm new to this as well but that's the information I've been given.

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Re: Ground Rules
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2014, 12:29:02 PM »
What if you don't actually have the internet?  :sad2: I know... pretty sad, right? I recently posted my prologue here on QT. Hard work! I really couldn't see a thing as I was typing so I had to keep checking the spelling. I think it's about time I get my own Internet service. lol. :yes:
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