Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Business of Writing: That Dreaded Synopsis

That dreaded synopsis. I know there are lots of blogs, articles, and handouts on these things. I’ll be honest I hate them. I can do a blurb. It’s not always easy trying to squish your story into a paragraph or two but It does keep you from putting too much in. In romances it’s your two main characters, and your major plot.

The synopsis is where you need to put in more detail. You can add some of your larger secondary characters here and maybe a secondary plot or two. You do have to be careful not to put too much in and that drives me crazy. I don’t know what is too much.

You also need to know the type of synopsis the publisher wants. There are some publishers who only want a page. Maybe two. That’s like a giant blurb. Some want ten pages. That’s like rewriting the book to me.

Writing Tip:
There is no quick and easy solution to writing the synopsis but I can tell you what has worked for me and maybe it will work for you as well. My publisher asks for an outlined synopsis to be sent in when I fill out the forms to get the book into production. I break it down chapter by chapter then put it all together. I find it easier to give a little more detail without giving too much.


Barbara Donlon Bradley wears many hats. She’s a mother, wife, care-giver, author, and editor. She’s a senior editor for Melange Books, and writes for Phaze and Melange books/Satin Romances with over twenty titles under her belt.

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