My favorite (and I’ve read many) book about writing a synopsis is by Elizabeth Sinclair and is called, Writing the Dreaded Synopsis. It’s an in-depth little book that also addresses making sure your characters are complete, your pacing is up to speed and your plot, in general, makes lots of sense. But, if you a writer who hates instruction manuals and thorough how-to books, I came across this and liked it a lot.
Courtesy of Sherri Wilkolaski who writes for Infinity’s Blog for Authors and Writers. (Their blog has some great tips and information – for FREE!) One of the reputable guys in the self-publishing business, Infinity Press can be found at www.infinitypublishing.com. I know several of their authors and editors – all top-notch talent! And, you can sign up for the blog without fear of being dunned for your business. I do not and have not received any compensation for posting this message – I just like to share good stuff for writers when I find it!
Keep reading and writing! Nancy Q.
How To Write A Fantastic Book Synopsis
Posted by Sherrie Wilkolaski on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 08:00 AM
Writing a book synopsis is arguably the most difficult step in the publishing process. How can you contain an entire book in one, small paragraph? We’re here to help and guide you with a few tips!
All In The Details. It may seem arbitrary, but it’s important to include at least your main characters name in your book synopsis, if your book is a work of fiction that is. This is the first time your reader will connect with your story, and a character’s name will help solidify this. It may be personal taste, but I also think that your book title should be included at some point, possibly near the end. This will aid you from a marketing standpoint as reviewers may post your synopsis to their website.
Take A Look Back. Review your chapters and write down the main events in each; then narrow this list down with another edit. You will want to include the most vital plot points in your synopsis but without giving too much away. It should be a teaser of sorts as your main goal is to keep your potential reader intrigued enough to purchase the book. If your book is a piece of non-fiction, such as a cookbook, you can also highlight key recipes that you think your reader will enjoy.
Two’s Company. Because there is no definitive length to a synopsis, it’s recommended you have two versions: a long synopsis and a short synopsis. The longer synopsis can be used on the back of your book or interior flap of your hardcover’s dust jacket. Your short synopsis will be a great addition to media pitch emails as it will give book marketers a taste of your book without crowding them with too much detail.
Comments or ideas sparked by this article? Do you have synopsis writing tips to share? Post here or send me an email! Would love to hear from you. Nancy Q.