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Write a Great Synopsis - An Expert Guide by [Morgan, Nicola]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 222 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
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  • Publisher: Crabbit Publishing (Nicola Morgan) (17 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZA88Z8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
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This book is full of gold dust and diamonds. I lost count of the eye bulging epiphany moments I had. Will be highly recommending this on my blog. FANTASTIC tool for any writer needing to write a synopsis.
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Fantastic! A must for every writer who ever struggled to write a synopsis.
Nicola shows us how. Highly recommended.
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I love this book but that's no surprise! Nicola's Blog 'Help! I need a Publisher', her (hardcopy) book 'Write to be Published' and her other eBook 'Dear Agent' are all fantastic too. Such great advice and yet, not expensive. Cannot recommend them all highly enough. They've helped make me a better author.
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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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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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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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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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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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