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Example of a Synopsis
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.

What is Back Matter?
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.

How to Write a Preface and a Foreword
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.

Webinar: How to Write a Novel
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.

Front Matter Podcast: What it is and Why it is Important
Front Matter Podcast: What it is and Why it is Important

Maybe you've flipped through the first few pages of a book and wondered what all that information is about, or maybe you've always just skipped those pages. All the material that appears at the front of a book before the actual content is called front matter, and it actually contains some very important information! To learn more about front matter, please listen to our podcast.

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

Writing Short Stories Podcast
Writing Short Stories Podcast

When you are writing a short story it can be difficult to keep your word count down. There isn't a lot of space to develop your plot and characters. This podcast will outline some of the rules of writing a short story.

Tax Advice for Writers Podcast
Tax Advice for Writers Podcast

As a freelance writer, the first decision you need to make when you are filing your taxes is to determine whether you write for business purposes or just as a hobby. This podcast makes the distinction between the two and provides some helpful tips for writers to follow when they are filing their taxes.

Tips on Writing Your NaNoWriMo Novel in a Month Podcast
Tips on Writing Your NaNoWriMo Novel in a Month Podcast

The task of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month may seem daunting, but that is the goal of National Novel Writing Month. This podcast will give you some useful tips to help you finish the last 5,000 words of your novel.

Guide to NaNoWriMo Podcast
Guide to NaNoWriMo Podcast

You can't start writing your NaNoWriMo novel until November 1st, but that doesn't mean you can't prepare beforehand. The week before NaNoWriMo, authors should be setting their schedules, stocking up on snacks, and finishing any last minute chores. This podcast is a guide to successfully getting through NaNoWriMo.

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