Writing a brief summary Having made it your top priority to identify what type of novel you have written, you can make a start on your all-important synopsis.
Throughout the investigation Dunai has searched for Mr Bojangles, a schizophrenic vagrant who may have seen the murderer.
A pretty epic movie at that. For some pre-formatted non-fiction titles, there will be a word-length you will be expected to hit anyway. In the case of non-fiction you should certainly have carefully researched your market before submission and ideally list the competitors in the field, outlining why your project is different and why you are the writer best positioned to write the book you have.
The investigating officer on the case is instructed by an agent of the National Intelligence Agency to treat the murder as a botched burglary.
They include: an anti-abortion activist, the head of an all-male religious fundamentalist group, an Anglican bishop, a member of local government, and a USAID official.
In addition to letting a professional reader know what happens in your manuscript, the synopsis will also let them know at a glance if you have thought about how your work fits in to the market.
In this instance, I would urge the writer to question why this process is so difficult. I will be sending them my next manuscript for their feedback, as soon as it is ready.
Soon the world shall know of its power.