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How long should a picture book synopsis be?

Any tips for a concept picture book synopsis?

Thanks!
#1 - October 13, 2020, 03:48 PM

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Hi Annabelle,

Synopsis' are typically for works longer than PBs when you are not sending the entire MS like you typically do for PBs.  So if a query form asks for a "synopsis" for a PB, I would assume it's just the "pitch" or the middle paragraph of your query letter letting the agent or editor know what the book is about. So just a few lines.

I hope other people chime in with their thoughts!
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:welcome Annabelle. I usually have a 1-3 sentence pitch for PBs. It's kind of funny to have a cover letter longer than the actual ms, but that's the nature of the beast. Good luck!
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#4 - October 15, 2020, 01:59 PM

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When I've submitted picture books, the synopsis has always been a short one- to three-sentence pitch. Sometimes I've also included comps or other relevant information about the manuscript.  I think this is standard from what I've read online, and I got some positive responses, so I think it worked.  Almost all agents and publishers who accept picture book submissions want to see the entire manuscript right away.
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