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How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis: A Step-by-Step System for Enticing New Readers, Selling More Fiction, and Making Your Books Sound Good Kindle Edition
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You’ve written a great book. You’ve got a crazy cool cover. You want to hit “Publish” but that little voice tells you “Not so fast, my chickadee, you’re not done…yet.”
Yup, you still need to write your book description.
You sigh as the fear and loathing build… After a period of procrastination, desperation kicks in and you…settle. Sure, your tagline is short and snappy but when you hit that dreaded synopsis, you’re just not sure what to include, what to exclude and suddenly you find yourself reverting to synopsis overkill—too much plot, too many characters, subplots, locations, how the protagonist likes his coffee or what he puts on his toast—basically everything you should have reserved for the actual reading experience. The potential buyer reacts like you’ve served him burnt toast and subpar coffee. And he moves on. The result: dismal sales…day after day after day.
Ok, this scenario may be a bit extreme but at the end of the day, condensing your book—the one you’ve sacrificed months of blood, sweat, tears and face time with your family for—into a couple hundred words, is H-A-R-D...
But it doesn’t have to be.
In “How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis,” Bryan helps you identify the parts of your book’s plot you should include, how to simplify them and yet make them compelling and engaging, all in step-by-step system that is easy to follow and supported by a plethora of concrete examples in a variety of genres you can reference when crafting your own. He also discusses the length of your synopsis (and why it comes down to sound and emotional impact), how it should be formatted, where it should be utilized, and additionally touches on the other components that make up your book’s description, e.g. tagline, selling paragraph and call to action. And, if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, it’s also fantastically easy to digest, with actionable tips that can be immediately implemented into your own synopsis.
So, my author friend, if you’re ready to ditch the fear and loathing you’ve typically associated with writing your book’s blurb and are psyched about converting those casual browsers into buyers—and eventually avid fans—grab a copy of “How to Write A Sizzling Synopsis”—both your book description and future book sales will thank you.
How the Write a Sizzling Synopsis delivers exactly what the title promises you, tips for writing a great synopsis. Each chapter has a specific point the author addresses and at the end of the chapter there is an exercise, which I thought was very handy for applying to knowledge. I started writing synopsis for books I recently read and I realized just how difficult it was. I enjoyed seeing how my synopsis changed over the course of the book and this book definitely made me look at synopsis in a different light. And the last chapter gives a step by step guide for how to write your synopsis. I found the tips and advice to be very practical.
On the other hand I do think not each tip is for every author or every synopsis, but that's almost impossible. And I think the advice in this book is only one way to write them, but it does sound like an effective approach. I don't know if applying these rules to your synopsis actually brings your book more sales, but it would be interesting to hear from authors who apply these tips to their blurbs. I do agree with the author that a blurb is very important for selling your book, so giving these tips a try when writing your next blurb does sound like it's worth a try.
I think the author makes a lot of great points and also explains why these techniques work. Overall I think most authors would learn a few things from this book that they can apply to their synopsis or least become more aware of possible techniques. Some points you can take with a grain of salt or apply as you see fit, but most of the times the author makes a good point and also explains his reasoning for why you should write your synopsis in a certain way.
The chapters are pretty short and the book is very easy to read. There's even a bit of humor in it and overall I read through this book easily and even enjoyed getting some new knowledge about the topic and applying it. At the end of each chapter there is an exercise and a short recap, which I thought was very handy. And like the author I would encourage you to follow these exercises as I thought it was very interesting to see the synopsis I wrote develop while I worked my way through the book.
To summarize: This was an enjoyable and informative read. I learned a lot of new things about writing synopsis and found the book to be well written. The author explains why you should write your synopsis in a certain way and gives advise that makes sense and is easy to apply. The exercises and recaps at the end of the book are very handy. It makes you sure you have a chance to apply the knowledge you just learned and read the most important points another time. Maybe not all advice can be applied to each synopsis, but I think most authors will find some pieces of advice they can apply or new techniques to learn for writing synopsis. I felt like I learned a lot more about writing synopsis and found it an interesting read. I would definitely recommend this book to authors who want to know more about writing synopsis.