How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis: A Step-by-Step System for Enticing New Readers, Selling More Fiction, and Making Your Books Sound Good
Do you hate writing blurbs? Do you wish there was an easier way to summarize your novel and get more sales in the process? Author and copywriter Bryan Cohens book descriptions have hit both the Kindle Stores Top 50 and the USA Today Bestseller list. Let him show...more
How the Write a Sizzling Synopsis delivers exactly what the title ...more
I thank Derek Doepker for recommending it to me and I extend this recommendation to everyone.
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I searched for a good book on blurb-writing previously and was surprised to find there weren't that many options that fit what I was looking for so I was delighted when ...more
This is a skill that will take plenty of practice to master, but Bryan Cohen gives a step-by-step guide on how to proceed.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with us Bryan.
I know. Ive been there.
Youve written a great book. Youve got a crazy cool cover. You want to hit Publish but that little voice tells you Not so fast, my chickadee, youre not doneyet.
Yup, you still need to write your book description.
You sigh as the fear and loathing build After a period of procrastination, desperation kicks in and yousettle. Sure, your tagline is short and snappy but when you hit that dreaded synopsis, youre ...more
1) Introduce the main character
2) Establish the beginning stakes for the character
3) Escalate the tension for the character
4) Repeat 1-3 for any other main characters that you want to add in the synopsis. For example, in a romance you would have the male and female, or whatever roles you choose.
This book is worth far more than I paid for it. The author provides clear, step-by-step instructions on how to write an effective description for your book. He not only tells you WHAT to do, he includes a clear and concise explanation of WHY you should do it. I took notes while reading this book, and I jotted something important down from nearly every page. I loved this book because it contained specific advice, as opposed to vague assertions liked "your synopsis needs to evoke emotion in a ...more
At the end of the day, I want to take away every barrier that keeps readers from buying my books. Having an emotionally compelling book blurb is key. This books empowers me with the tools I need to create a synopsis that sells more books. Highly recommended.
This is a quick, straight to the point guide that will tell you how to make that dreaded synopsis shine so that it attracts more readers and fans. There are a few exercises he recommends doing while you're reading it, so that by the time you've ...more
This little book is really a course. Do the exercises, read it out loud and see what if you have come close to producing something that a ready will want to buy. If it sounds clunky, well, there you have it, you need to work on it. He even offers a free Facebook group of other authors who will ...more
I got and understood most of what the author was saying, and I'd like to think that my brain was already geared for and applying his synopsis-writing rules. Then again, I really don't know shit.
Will be referencing this lil' gem a lot. lol
This book isn't very long, but it's succinct at explaining, with good examples, on how to write what many authors tend to struggle with, the blurb, for back cover of paperback and Amazon ebook descriptions.
Cohen simplifies the process for us using his own experience of being a copywriter. But blurb writing is not copywriting as he informs us. There's a basic formula for extracting the best parts of a book for the synopsis, and it works no matter the genre ...more
I bought this book because I want to sell more of my books. I'm not 100% certain that I'll achieve that goal but the ideas the author has outlined are definitely worth trying. What I am certain of is that I won't sell fewer copies by changing my descriptions, so there is no downside but the possibility of strong upside. I'll take those odds every ...more
Both a blurb and synopsis are meant to be a very condensed ...more
Cohen makes a number of good suggestions during the course of his book, and anyone trying to write a decent synopsis and one that grabs readers' attention would be well advised to give this small book a try.
Unlike some other self-help writing books, this one actually delivers the goods, and doesn't take hundreds of pages to do so!
This is one I'll refer back to again. Very helpful for fiction back-cover blurbs.
I've tried to put these techniques into practice. It's hard to do, but having some guidance helps, especially when you get to the 'Okay, I've done a decent draft, now how do I make it better' stage.
I'd recommend this book to self ...more