Let’s say you just signed with an agent and she wants to sell your book as a three part package. She’s not looking for a continuing series, just three books written by you in the same genre and style as your first.
You’re a pantser and recently started the second book, but are only on chapter three. How are you supposed to come up with not only one synopsis, but two? I’m afraid you don’t have a choice, except to play around with the story until you can jot down that synopsis.
And then do it again.
But here’s where it gets tough. Make sure you love the outlines for books two and three as much as you loved the story in book one. Why? Because once a publisher buys your package, he’s going to expect books two and three to follow the synopses you wrote. Sure, you can deviate a little, but for the most part, you can’t.
Just one more reason it’s a good idea to work some of this out before you sign with an agent. ;)
Have you put any thought into your next couple of books? Will they fit the three package mold (same genre, same style)?