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Title: The Synopsis Treasury: A Landmark Collection of Actual Proposals Submitted to Publishers

Editor: Christopher Sirmons Haviland

Date: Feb 2015

Publisher: WordFire Press

Link: The Synopsis Treasury

Summary:

A collection of actual story submissions to publishers by grandmasters, Hugo and Nebula award winners, international bestsellers and rising stars of science fiction and fantasy, including:

  • H.G. Wells
  • Jack Williamson
  • Andre Norton
  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • James Gunn
  • Frank Herbert
  • Ben Bova
  • Piers Anthony
  • Michael Bishop
  • Joe Haldeman
  • Terry Brooks
  • Robert E. Vardeman
  • Orson Scott Card
  • David Brin
  • Connie Willis
  • Janny Wurts
  • James P. Blaylock
  • Brian Herbert
  • Kevin J. Anderson
  • Bruce Coville
  • Margaret Weis
  • Nancy Varian Berberick
  • Robert J. Sawyer
  • Sara Douglass
  • Louise Marley
  • Roberta Gellis
  • Ian R. MacLeod
  • Julie E. Czerneda
  • Jacqueline Carey
  • Irene Radford
  • Judith Tarr
  • Chris Roberson
  • Eldon Thompson

plus editorial feedback by:

  • Frederik Pohl
  • Damon Knight

and an introduction by former Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Del Rey:

  • Betsy Mitchell

Ever wondered what successful authors submitted to publishers? Ever wanted to peek over their shoulders and see their synopses or outlines, the ones that landed a book contract (and maybe even the ones that were rejected)?

Now’s your chance.

Contained within these pages are never-before-seen story submissions by international bestsellers, grandmasters, and multi-award winners, and rising stars, each with an original biography and introduction.

But what about the publisher’s response, you may ask? You’ll find some of that here too! Have you ever assumed an editor will accept whatever a heavyweight author gives them? This collection will prove that no matter how successful you are, you may be asked to rethink, rewrite, and resubmit, and that’s if the editor likes it.

Carefully selected by Christopher Sirmons Haviland over a span of ten years, these real story submissions in their context will supplement “how to write and submit” books by showing you how it’s done.

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