I have never used an outline before, but with my second novel partially complete, I have a publisher that would like to see what I have, plus an outline for the novel. This is a crime fiction story with several characters critical to the story, not just a 'good' and 'bad' guy, as a lot of stories do. I have seen several variations on how to format an outline, with information unique to each. Does anyone know if there is a standardized one for novels or does everyone use their own unique format? And, just how much information should be included? I would greatly appreciate any comments. Thanks in advance.