It's hard to write a straightforward synopsis of a mystery. By necessity, the important bits are chopped up and don't occur in an orderly fashion, which I think makes the synopsis look choppy. Plus there are side plots and other characters I left out but which make the novel itself better. I wonder if Jessica ever had this problem?
Probably not. Even if she did, she would have just-so-happened to solve the murder of the sister of a fabulous New York agent who would promptly sign her with no synopsis required.
I could write a general one-page synopsis much more easily.
What if that is what the agents want after all?? There's no bloggy consensus on whether agents (nowadays, not five or even two years ago) want a longish, detailed synopsis or a short one- or two-pager. Especially right off the bat. Before I did my homework, I figured most wanted a query and the first few pages, then would request a synopsis and/or partial later on if they liked the query and pages.
But two agents I reeeeeally reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeealllly want to query require a synopsis up front. No mention of a length. Or, what if they mean they just want the query to include what the book is about--the synopsis? I think my brain is boiling.
Does anybody out there know what any of this means?