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Write a Great Synopsis - An Expert Guide [Kindle Edition]

Nicola Morgan
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Most writers hate writing synopses. They need dread them no more. In this short ebook, Write a Great Synopsis – An Expert Guide, Nicola Morgan takes the stress out of the subject and applies calm, systematic guidance, with her renowned no-nonsense approach and laconic style.

Write a Great Synopsis covers: the function of a synopsis, the differences between outlines and synopses, dealing with requirements for different agents and publishers, finding the heart of your book, how to tackle non-linear plots, multiples themes, sub-plots and long novels, and it answers all the questions and confusions that writers have. Nicola also introduces readers to her patent Crappy Memory Tool, explains the art of crafting a 25-word pitch, and demonstrates with real examples. Gold-dust for writers at all stages.

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Carole Blake, top agent and author of From Pitch to Publication: "It is a truly fabulous tool for authors, addressing a problem area that can stop new writers in their tracks. ... I think this book will alleviate so much of the stress that writers feel when approaching the moment when they must write a synopsis. Congratulations to Nicola Morgan: I will be recommending it to clients. The advice is pure gold."

Joanna Cannon, aspiring writer: "Write a Great Synopsis answered all of my awkward questions and now I actually want to write one. Nicola Morgan's usual wit, wisdom and honesty, as well as the clear, helpful information, make her advice stand out in the crowd of 'how-to' books on the market."

Liz de Jager, writer and blogger: “Having read a great many blogposts and comments from all and sundry on the internet, and still come away confused, I fell on my copy of Write a Great Synopsis with gusto. Nicola Morgan has gone and, in her usual charming and no-nonsense style, given us something to refer to again and again. There is solid advice from Nicola, several actual examples, but also commentary from industry professionals, which genuinely makes you re-think your approach to writing in general, and working on that synopsis."

Clare Kirkpatrick, aspiring author: "I am now actually itching to ... get to what now feels like the exciting job of writing the synopsis! I had a go at the method Nicola recommends, and found to my delight that my novel does indeed have a heart and it's not just a pile of tangled crap after all. I am all fired up again!"

Kirsty Logan, writer newly signed with an agent: "I was starting to think that writing a synopsis was harder than writing a novel, but Nicola Morgan stopped me panicking, with her wise, friendly, experienced advice."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 184 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crabbit Publishing (Nicola Morgan) (17 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZA88Z8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I wear several hats: I write for teenagers and children - I have had around 90 books published, including award-winners and some best-sellers. And one of my favourite parts of that is doing school events and festivals.

I also write for writers who want to improve their writing and become published. I blog at the industry-acclaimed Help! I Need a Publisher! and have written the books, Write to be Published, as well as the ebooks Write a Great Synopsis and Dear Agent. These books are all regularly recommended by creative writing courses, as well as agents and publishers in the UK, US and elsewhere,

I campaign and speak up for the rights of writers and readers. I've been chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, created the Fair Reading idea and the complementary Our World Book Night.

I do a lot of public-speaking, in school events, at festivals, for writing groups and conferences.

Last, but very much not least, I tweet - a lot! My ebook, Tweet Right - The Sensible Person's Guide to Twitter, is a well-regarded help to individuals new to Twitter or wondering whether and how to get into it. Follow me on Twitter as @nicolamorgan or see my website at www.nicolamorgan.com

News: I've republished Mondays are Red as an ebook with brand new material. The video trailer is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz5bQXAGBzs&feature=g-upl

I do have an Amazon store, which used to show all my available books in one place, but Amazon have for some reason removed all the books. I am waiting for them to tell me why. The link is here: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwnicolamorg-21

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp, Funny and Essential 18 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Write A Great Synopsis is essential for anyone who wants to give their novel the best possible chance of success. Unlike many of the 'how to' books, it's sharp and funny and a complete pleasure to read. Before this book, I was at a total loss as to how to even begin constructing a synopsis. Now, I feel as if I've been given the magic spell of synopses-writing and I wonder what on earth I was so worried about in the first place. Nicola Morgan's book will literally give you step-by-step guidance that will take your wandering thoughts and turn them into a clean, sharp, polished piece.

Not just recommended, but essential.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on writing a great synopsis 19 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Writing a synopsis can feel like crunch time: You've written squillions of words and completed your book, but to sell it or describe it to anyone else, you need to condense it into a few pithy paragraphs. The idea of doing this scares the pants off many - or maybe most - writers. But once again (she did an equally good job with Write to be Published), Nicola Morgan has come to rescue of those aspiring to get their stories noticed and has produced the ultimate de-stresser guide to the whole process. She sets out really clearly what's expected of a synopsis, and takes a really methodical approach to help you produce one. In fact, by the end it seems such a laughably easy process you'll wonder why anyone needs help with it. But many of us do. I did! And this is the best advice i've seen on the subject. I recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I read this because like many writers, the thought of writing a synopsis is daunting, terrifying and probably one of the worst parts of the whole writing process; except, maybe, for deciding halfway through your first draft that you hate your main character, but I digress...

My review is actually quite short, because there were a few key things to be learned in this book that put me at ease straight away.

The function of the synopsis `is to show the decision-makers that you do actually have a book that hangs together... and to show what sort of book it is.'

`The perfect synopsis does not exist.'

and, most importantly:

`Your book will not be rejected on the basis of your synopsis.' Um... what? Really?

After these nuggets, Nicola then goes on to explain in her typically forthright and amusing fashion how to write a synopsis (she suggests two ways to do it) and gives several examples of what to include and why, including real case studies. I used Method Two, by the way, and I have a feeling that the synopsis I have just written wasn't too bad at all. But to be honest, I'm not that scared about it anymore after reading this book, and especially the quote from Carole Blake of Blake Friedman Literary Agency, where she explains that if the writing (of the sample chapter) is so good, she `might never get around to reading the synopsis... I might just ring the author and ask for the whole manuscript.' Oh..!

If you're a writer hoping to get picked up by an agent or a publisher before you pull all your hair out, you should definitely read this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Write A Great Synopsis couldn't have been published at a more timely moment for me, as I was bang in the middle of writing one. In fact, I'd been working on it for almost 2 weeks, ending up with about five different versions - none of which I was happy with.

So when I saw this book being discussed on Twitter, I knew I had to take a look at it - deciding that, for £1 I couldn't really go wrong. Now I'm so glad I did.

It's a very quick read and the book gets straight to the point. It's written in a very clear, easygoing style and structured in a logical way, and even includes some case studies.

But best of all, the method REALLY works!!

Write A Great Synopsis shows you how to do just that - with a crystal clear, black and white formula. I followed the instructions to the letter and ended up with a synopsis I was pleased with. Ok, so it took me longer than the 20 minutes it took the author to write her sample - a few hours longer to be precise. But it was definitely less daunting than my previous attempts and the result was much better.

So for anyone who struggles with writing synopses, I can recommend this book as a great method for producing one in a simpe way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin 26 Jan 2012
By jaxbee
Format:Kindle Edition
This book will help you to write a great synopsis. I'd been struggling with mine for years, scouring numerous how to get published books for tips (so often they don't even try to help, simply say that a great synopsis is a must and shouldn't be more than two pages long). I was lucky enough to have my synopsis used as an example in the book so got to practice Nicola's tips before Write a Great Synopsis was published. Nicola took me right back to basics, made me take a step back and really look through a stranger's eyes at what my synopsis was saying about my story. Then I had to think whether that would whet the appetite of a potential agent or publisher and the answer was no. Worse, it was leading the reader down the wrong path. Following Nicola's method of putting down the essence of the story rather than a chronological outline I've achieved a much more accurate and meaty synopsis, I believe.

I've now read the book from cover to cover and applied Nicola's methods to a second synopsis and am again, thrilled with the transformation of my previously un-inspired synopsis.

Nicola writes in such a relaxed and humerous way, the book, on quite a dry subject really, is an absolute joy to read. I read it from cover to cover and hardly needed to refer back when I got down to penning my new synopsis because the anecdotes had left me with a clear picture of what I needed to do.

I would thoroughly recommend this to every writer needing to submit. It's so much better than anything else I've read on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful ...
Wow! Am I glad I discovered this book. I'd been really struggling with my synopsis and found everything I needed to know and learn within these pages. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MrsRave
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for writers
This hugely helpful book shows how to capture an agent's attention by turning the heart of your novel inside out and revealing its core, rather than simply retelling the story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joanna M. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for getting to grips with your synopsis
Nicola Morgan's 'Write a Great Synopsis' is proving invaluable for me. She really talks to you from the page and you get exactly what she means. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Samantha Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable guide
I bought this based on a recommendation from my creative writing tutor and am so glad I did. What a great book - it really breaks down the process into some manageable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by E. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Write a Great Synopsis - An Expert Guide
'Write a Great Synopsis - An Expert Guide' is a useful aid to writing the most challenging adjunct to any long form narrative work.
Published 14 months ago by Reuben
5.0 out of 5 stars Write a Great Synopsis
Provided the synopsis is successful of course it's worth a full five.

If the potential agent were to tell me that my synopsis, fully Morganned, stank, then I might... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dr. R. M. Cartmel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff.
Written in an informal style, with relevant examples and brilliant advice. You finish the book feeling like you have had a masterclass with Nicola herself. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anne Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets
NIcola Morgan is an excellent communicator and, with the help of guinea pigs who have come through her blog – in addition to her own experience – she has produced a guide which... Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. DENING
4.0 out of 5 stars Novel idea!
Instant delivery on this book. Haven't finished the book yet, but there are some great tips for getting your book out there.
Published 16 months ago by bananna
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly useful
I have been worrying about writing a synopsis for my novel since I started writing it. Now I have found this wonderful guide from Nicola Morgan I am no longer concerned. Read more
Published 18 months ago by kit tinsley
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