If you recoil from the idea of writing a synopsis, you’re not alone. The prospect of distilling the contents of the book you’ve long laboured over to a succinct form is unlikely to appeal to many writers. In truth, it’s impossible to recreate your manuscript in a synopsis but the positive thing is that no one expects you to. A synopsis will usually come in a bundle along with a writing extract, covering letter and author biography. Of these, your extract is by far the most important element of the submission.