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Example of a Synopsis

The synopsis is written with the express purpose of enticing a potential agent/editor to accept your manuscript for representation or publication. For your synopsis to be effective, your writing needs to be concise, clearly organized, and evocative of both your target genre and your own unique voice. You are not only selling your manuscript but also selling yourself as a writer, so it’s important that your synopsis be free from grammatical and spelling errors. Continued...


What is Back Matter?

Just as front matter is what you find at the beginning of a book, back matter, simply put, is what you find at the end of a book—the sections that appear after the central story has been completed. These sections of back matter are often supplementary in nature, and often inform the reader about some aspect of the book. Continued...


How to Write a Preface and a Foreword

Are you thinking about writing a preface for your book or have you been asked to write a foreword? A preface is a brief introduction (link) written by the author, as opposed to a foreword, which is an introduction written by another person that usually comes before the preface. Continued...


Webinar: How to Write a Novel

Bryan, Scribendi.com's Senior Editor and a published writer, discusses how to write a novel in this webinar. Bryan delved into setting, character, conflict, and structure. He also introduced some of the important elements of a novel, such as theme, tone, and dialogue. Finally, he pointed out the importance of genre, audience, and literary conventions. Continued...


Short Stories: Wondering How to Fit Your Big Ideas into a Small Space?

Scribendi.com's editors explain what a short story is and offer helpful tips about how to write a short story. Continued...


Query Letter Sample

We have already discussed how to write a query letter, and provided tips on what you should include in one and how you should format it. Now, we have provided a query letter sample to help make the letter writing process easier. Continued...


Book Review Examples

As discussed in our article explaining how to write a book review, book reviews are very different from book reports. In order to illustrate what a book review is, we have provided a book review example for your reference. Continued...


How to Eliminate Wordiness

Do you find yourself writing sentences that are far too long? Have you ever re-read a sentence and struggled to finish it in one breath? If so, you may be suffering from something called prolixity, or in laymen’s terms, wordiness. Our editors suggest several ways to help you avoid wordiness and increase quality. Continued...


Tax Tips for Writers

What are the tax issues surrounding income earned from writing and what are some helpful tax tips? The answer, of course, is: It depends (on how much you make, where you live, etc.). This article contains a few tax tips to start you thinking about tax issues. Continued...


Mastering the Art of Script Writing

You’ve got a great story idea, and you just know it will be perfect for the big screen. But now what? Perhaps this is your first attempt at script writing, or perhaps you already have a screenplay or two under your belt—either way, we have a few tips that can help make script writing a little easier. Continued...




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