I have a great critique group. So, it goes without saying that they didn't laugh their butts off when I revealed that I hadn't realized that query and synopsis are NOT the same thing. I mean, I've been seriously writing, and researching the craft and industry of writing for almost four years now. I've read Harold Underdown, I'm a regular lurker on Verla Kay's blueboard, I'm a member of the SCBWI. And I thought a query was a short synopsis. Nope, not at all.
Query is a teaser. A teaser. Something that whets the appetite. Something that piques the interest and makes the reader want more.
Synopsis is a play-by-play of the entire storyline. No surprises. No secrets. All the major plot points of your novel.
So, when I went to package my submission for the SCBWI WIP grant, I realized I didn't have a synopsis. I have a great 250 word query. What I don't have is a great 750 word synopsis. Well, I almost do. Now. But I didn't on Monday morning.
Did I mention how great my critique group is?