The Broken And The Foolish (Available on Amazon) Playlist:
It is 1814 and war is still raging between France and England.
Thirteen-year-old Max is a powder monkey aboard the HMS Wind, a British warship. His captain is in pursuit of a phantom French frigate, and he will stop at nothing to find it. When they reach the other side of the world, the French are discovered and battle breaks out at sea. Merciless cannons tear both of the warships to shreds right before a storm hits. Left with the choice to either sink along with his burning ship, or make the impossible swim to The Galapagos islands, Max barely makes it to foreign lands alive. He soon discovers an enemy lying on the shore, but the French boy’s face is burned so badly that he can no longer see. Far away from their homes, the war, and their countrymen, Max and his new companion fight to survive in their new reality at the end of the world.
– Sara Kjeldsen
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.
Today I want to announce that this the first day of By The Sword’s blog tour! Courtesy of Full Moon Bites, a great blog of all things books – and the site always hosts some great giveaways. You can view the full schedule for the tour there as well.
My first stop is at Nilsa Rodriguez’s Blog where she asked me some fun questions and I also shared a little excerpt from the novel.
Cheers and thanks for stopping by today! 🙂
Inspired by Laura Stanfill’s “Line of the Week” post, where she asks writers to post a line or a paragraph from something they had written during the past week.
This is a paragraph from my second book, a (historical) horror called Possessed (for now):
Adeline spun around, her full skirt swaying like a ship’s sail. Gabriel jumped down from the tree, landing awkwardly, and ran to catch up with her. She gawked at him once he reached her side.
“I’m sorry, all right? Most girls back home aren’t interested in climbing trees or exploring. If you don’t mind, I would like to start over again.”
Adeline crossed her arms as a hint of a smile formed on her girlishly pretty face.
Feel free to share something from what you have written this week. 🙂
Hello all! By the Sword is now available in print on Amazon.com for only $9.99.
I wanted to include a silly picture of me holding my proof of the book, but I don’t have a camera yet. It is difficult to describe in words that amazing feeling you get when you see your story in paperback form for the first time.
Next week I am going to have a little giveaway, too. 🙂 Details to come!
I hope you all have a good week. Happy writing/reading!