Editing Tip #132 – The Dreaded Synopsis

The book blurb already scared me. I felt like standing in front of a wooden 200-year-old bridge over some exotic canyon, deep deep down…
Now I’m standing in front of the Himalaya… the synopsis. Thank God there are experienced writers being able to help us. Here a blog post, written by M. J. Moores, which might help, not only me, but many of us! Thank you for this great post!

6 Sentence Synopsis

 

 

 

While it’s nice to think that once you’ve written and edited your magnus-opus, your editing work is done … think again.

Time to Write Your Synopsis

If an agent or publisher doesn’t get a “taste” for your writing in the query letter (which calls for a paragraph summary of your entire book and often a 1-pager to attach) or “hooked” on your story, then you’ve lost a great opportunity to have them ask for your coveted manuscript.

Now, I must be upfront with you about this: I am NOT a master of editing Synopses.

In fact, I still struggle with writing my own but I have a good perspective for books I’ve edited for my clients. I can see when they’re adding too much back story, if their hook actually grabs readers, and if they’ve left out anything important (because they don’t want to spoil the story – trust…

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99 cent Sale for . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso

I just found out on my friend Patricia Garcia’s blog, that one of the most wonderful books I’ve read the past few years, is on sale from August 26 through August 31, 2016.
“And the Whippoorwill sang”, written by Micki Peluso. Use the chance!

Book Reviews by Pat Garcia

Hello Everyone,

And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso is on sale from August 25 until August 31st.  I have read the book several times. It is a memoir that touches our soul and the spirit.

You’ll love Micki’s humorous style. She has a way with words that make you cry and laugh at the same time.

It has my highest recommendation. A book you don’t want to miss reading.

Shalom aleichem,

Pat Garcia August 13 2016

Pat Garcia

IMG_002399 cent Sale for . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

. . . And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso will be 99 cents on Kindle from August 25th–August31st PT It’s quite an lifetime adventure! Grab a copy today!  http://www.amazon.com/Whippoorwill-Sang-Micki-Peluso-ebook/dp/B007OWPBGK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8



The elusive whippoorwill swoops down the mountains. 

Through night into dawn it’s song mourns summer’s loss–as I cry mine.   

    

     AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG, a 300 page memoir, opens with eloping teenagers, Micki…

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How to Grow Your Author Blog

Kristen Lamb has advice on how to grow your author blog! Thank you for all your support, Kristen! You’re amazing!

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I am a huge fan of writers having a blog, but one of the first arguments I get is, “But I did have a blog and it did nothing.” I hear your pain. We live in a world of instant gratification and often it is why we are more inclined to post content on our Facebook or Twitter instead. Instantly we can see other people sharing and responding and it feels oh so good.

The blog? Meh.

The problem, however, is that any “benefit” from Facebook or Twitter evaporates almost as soon as it appears whereas the blog (if we stick to it) will keep giving us rewards for years to come.

Reframe Your Goal

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I will give you tips for growing your author blog here in a minute, but a simple…

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Ads are NOT a Brand and Promotion is NOT Platform—Understanding the Difference

Kristen Lamb is teaching us to understand the difference between ads and a brand and promotion and a platform. Another one, very important and informative blog posts for us. Thank you so much, Kristen!

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Very often when I write about brand and platform, writers assume I am talking about promotion and marketing (ads) and that is not only a false assumption, it can be a fatal one. When we hop onto Twitter or Facebook and are barraged with book spam, a big reason it annoys us (though not the only) is because the author is engaging in these activities with no solid brand or platform.

It then either becomes white noise (invisible) or worse an irritation (negative branding). Writers trying to create a brand by serving up copious book promotion will have a brand all right. The brand of self-serving asshat.

The sight of the author’s face or book might even be enough to spike our blood pressure. We are far more likely to block than buy.

Why? What went wrong?

We have to look at…

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