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- Print Length: 54 pages
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- Publisher: Crabbit Publishing (Nicola Morgan) (17 Jan. 2012)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B006ZA88Z8
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- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Write a Great Synopsis - An Expert Guide Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Nicola shows us how. Highly recommended.
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.
Not just recommended, but essential.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Who enjoys writing a synopsis? Hello? Anyone? [cue graveyard silence in room] Everyone hates writing them, but this small book makes it far less painful, and includes useful,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Natalie Writes
Brilliant book, laughed lots and nodded at wise, wise words. Will be using it's superb guidance very soon, and I have written many synopsis, some I even thought were ok!Published 16 months ago by Mrs. A. W. Vaughan
A very useful book for anybody needing to produce a sales pitch for something they are trying to get published.Published 21 months ago by J. Trainer
Well, it's got me a request for a full, so it can't be that bad! I found this really useful.Published 21 months ago by David
A quick, easy to read book with examples of how to and how not to do it.Published on 15 Mar. 2015 by Booklover
Great for those starting out & for those who've written a few. It's quick to read, but full to the brim with lessons and tips on writing your synopsis. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2015 by Mrs. S. K. Mann
Another great book from this author. I'd recommend it to all writers who struggle with their synopsis' I do but won't soon!Published on 17 Dec. 2014 by Cherry
This helps so much to cover the wide range of length requirements and degrees of detail requested across a huge range of publishers, agents and editors. Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2014 by Sam Thorne