I don’t know why I dread writing a synopsis of my books so much. It’s sort of funny, because a lot of writers I follow through blogs and on Twitter also express their distate for the dreaded “s” word. It seems to be right up there with the query letter. *Cringes*
One agent in an article read a few years back said that she finds it amazing how people that can write a 60-100K manuscript struggle so much with writing a synopsis about it. I could almost hear her laughing at us. lol.
Truth is, it is harder to sum up a whole novel into a few paragraphs than it might seem. It isn’t just compressing the key parts of the story, you also have to know which parts to include and word it in such a way that will hook a potential reader. It can be a little stressful. Of course there are far worse things in life, but the summary on the back of your book cover or on your book’s Amazon page can literally make or break sales.
What I find helps is looking at the backs of other books in a simliar genre to get a feel of what others are writing. Plus, it’s kind of an inspiration for me to also write something as catching as something in a book store. Also try to ask yourself: If I was out shopping for a book, what would make me want to buy it rather than put it back on the shelf?
It is time to write a catchy summary of my second book. Literally after this blog post, that is what I will be working on. I find that this one might be especially tricky, because I have four main characters (oops) and there is a huge plot switch in the middle where it almost switches genres (Still under the horror umbrella, but just with a different setting). A complicated story, to say the least.
Let me know if you have any helpful tips or insights regarding writing a great summary.