Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

January 29, 2009

Synopsis is a four letter word

It’s known as the ‘dreaded synopsis’, but it’s still a critical part of a submission to an agent or publisher. But just how do you compress a novel into a paragraph or one page and capture the essence of the work? There is plenty of general advice, but why has no one been brave enough to publish ‘those that worked’. I suspect that there is no right answer and we are all doomed to trial and error.

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