Being a writer – part 14 – your synopsis

Hi everybody.

This weeks self-publishing topic is about synopses.

Firstly, a quick update. Five weeks with no new writing was enough for me. This week has seen me start a new project. This is a joint effort with a good friend of mine. I really like these projects as not only do we motivate each other but we challenge each other to write outside our comfort zones.

My franchising book is now available on Amazon! Watch next week for that cover reveal.

Back to the topic

What is a synopsis?

Put simply, it’s a summary of your book, including the plot, subplots and even the ending. It’s different from the summary that goes on the back of the book (the blurb) which is a teaser to make the reader want to buy your book and doesn’t give away the ending.

Why write a synopsis?

Although it’s nice to summarise your plot for you to see whether there are any major holes in it, the primary purpose is to hand to an agent so they can see your book at a glance.

How long should a synopsis be?

Like with many things writing related, there is no hard and fast answer. Some people like 500 words, some people say it should be no longer than 2 sides (single spaced). Some people say around 1,000 words.

So, how do you write a good one?

  • Your synopsis has to describe the plot in an interesting way. So, start with the basics of the plot. A summary of the main characters journey, from the inception, through the highs and lows to the ending.
  • State your character’s motivations – why are they doing what they’re doing.
  • Write in the third person.
  • Tell and don’t show. This is contrary to last weeks newsletter, I know, but this is a synopsis so the rules are different.
  • Once you’ve written your synopsis, go back and edit it. Look for any vague lines or where the text isn’t crystal clear.
  • Finally, get someone else to read it. If it doesn’t make sense to them, then it probably needs another edit.

Good luck with writing your synopsis. If you would like to contact me about any aspect of self-publishing, drop me an email, I’d love to hear from you,





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