Dear Miss Snark,
When first submitting to an agent, I know you submit a query letter. I also know you've made it quite clear to submit what an agent specifies as well- be it ten pages or the first three chapters. What I don't know is if you submit a synopses with your query letter, etc. or wait until they've replied saying they'd like to know more. Would you please clear this up for me?
Give Killer Yapp my regards and a t-bone steak. Oh, and I've entered you in a random drawing for free gin. (What kind of gin and did I win? KY says thanks for the T-bone.)
A synopsis is by request (ie it's in the submission guidelines) , or if you are asked for a partial.
The query letter is to figure out if you can write.
The partial is to figure out if you can write more than ten pages and your plot holds together.
The full manuscript is when we get down to the nitty gritty of does THIS novel work, and do I think I can sell it.