It doesn't matter whether you are new to this writing gig or an old time hand. Very few authors are comfortable distilling their 90,000 word masterpiece down to a two-page synopsis. Yet, if you can, that means you've told a good story with a solid beginning hook, a strong middle, and an end that leaves them wanting to read more of your work. Still, you may have all those book elements and write a synopsis that doesn't sell your work. That's okay. I'm here to tell you some of the tricks of how this is done. You can take workshops. I have. You can read books. I have. But very few will tell you the procedures that I learned over the years of doing synopsis writing.
Let's get started, shall we?
The first concept isn't a concept. It's an 'educate yourself' idea.
Two of the biggest contributors to understanding how to write a spectacular selling synopsis are:
2. Debra Dixon's Goal, Motivation and Conflict
Here you thought I was going to give you the golden key? No. Writing synopses is hard work and there are no shortcuts. There are tools and techniques that you can learn, can apply to your writing, and then bring to the table to use as a strategy to conquer the synopsis. These are two of the biggest.
Margie Lawson. What can I say about this fabulous woman except run to her website and buy every workshop she has to offer. Specifically here, her Character Emotions and her Deep Edits class will help you as no other tools in this business will.
Debra Dixon. She has the top-of-the-line book on how to craft Goals and Motivation for your characters and once learned, these can be applied in layers to your synopsis so that anyone reading it will understand what your characters want and what's stopping them.
Buy. Study. Learn.
That's the first rule.