Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Jane Friedman

It’s probably the single most despised document you might be asked to prepare: the synopsis. The synopsis is sometimes required because an agent or publisher wants to see, from beginning to end, what happens in your story. Thus, the synopsis must convey a book’s entire narrative arc. It shows what happens and who changes, and it has to reveal the ending.

Don’t confuse the synopsis with sales copy—the kind of material that might appear on your back cover or in an Amazon description. You’re not writing a punchy marketing piece for readers that builds excitement. It’s not an editorial about your book.

Unfortunately, there is no single “right” way to write a synopsis. You’ll find conflicting advice about the appropriate length, which makes it rather confusing territory for new writers especially. However, I recommend keeping it short, or at least starting short. Write a one-page synopsis—about 500-600 words, single spaced—and use that as your default, unless the submission guidelines ask for something longer. Most agents/editors will not be interested in a synopsis longer than a few pages.

While this post is geared toward writers of fiction, the same principles can be applied to memoir and other narrative nonfiction works.

Why the novel synopsis is important to agents and editors

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If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  • Back to Basics: Writing a Novel Synopsis | Jane Friedman
  • Letting Go of the Practice Novel  "Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement..."
  • The Non-Structural Language of Story -
  • 7 Essential Tools For Creating Superb Bestselling Book Titles
  • AdviceToWriters - Advice to Writers
  • Meaning What You Say, And a Bit More | Writers In The Storm
  • The Four Benefits of Pre-Writing (a guest post by Kaitlin Hillerich of Ink and Quills) | She's Novel
  • Create a Compelling Book Title - Rachelle Gardner
  • The State of the Publishing Industry in 5 Charts | Jane Friedman
  • Where to go When Your Self-Editing Can’t Get You There (or They’re? or Their?!) – The Wise Ink Blog
  • Authors: Have You Blabbed or Scoped Yet? by France Caballo — The Book Designer
  • How to Be a Better Writer: Turn Struggle Into Success
  • Fiction University: Who's There? Introducing Characters in a Scene
  • How to Create a Remarkable Villain (Beyond the Clich├ęs!)
  • 9 Reasons Screenwriting Is Exactly Like Poker - ScreenCraft
Happy writing and running, Kathy

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