Book review: How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis

How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis: A Step-by-Step System for Enticing New Readers, Selling More Fiction, and Making Your Books Sound GoodHow to Write a Sizzling Synopsis: A Step-by-Step System for Enticing New Readers, Selling More Fiction, and Making Your Books Sound Good by Bryan Cohen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I should point out that this is a book about writing blurbs to go on the back of the book, not the synopsis that you send to a publisher/ agent.

I’d heard of Bryan Cohen and his ninja copywriting skills, so I thought I’d buy his book and see what I could learn. This book is clearly and concisely written (as you’d expect) and gives you a nice step by step guide to the art and craft of writing a book blurb.
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 publishers who have to write their own back cover copy.

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Self Printed 3.0 blog splash!

Today I’m taking part in the Self Printed blog splash to launch the lovely Catherine Ryan Howard‘s updated Self Printed book.

I’m a trad published writer (albeit with an indie publisher), so why am I interested in Self publishing? Because I think there’s a lot I can learn from indie authors. I follow Catherine’s very informative blog for all the interesting hints and tips on marketing and insights into selling that I pick up. Plus we Jem and the Holograms fans have to support each other. 🙂

So here’s my question and Catherine’s answer:

 

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Q: What’s the advantage for a self published writer to work with an Amazon imprint like Montlake?
A: It doesn’t really matter that it’s Amazon: it’s still traditional publishing, albeit with a publishing house that has exceptional insight into what sells books on the biggest online bookstore in the world. So we’re talking things like editorial and cover design you don’t have to cough up cash for, an advance on royalties, and promotions (on Amazon sites) that you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. I know writers who have enjoyed incredible self-published success and then signed deals with Amazon Publishing, and the thing is, Amazon know just how successful these writers are – they know that they don’t strictlyneed Amazon Publishing – and so they offer advances and promise benefits that are of real value in order to be, for the author, the better option. So if you were offered a deal with Amazon Publishing, I’d say: definitely, take it!
But there’s the thing: your options aren’t self-publish or publish with Amazon Publishing. They have to come to you. They have to bestow upon you the magical “Yes”. And that’s just the situation we’re trying to avoid, is it not? Waiting by the phone? Being entirely dependent on someone else to make our writing dreams come true? So I wouldn’t worry too much about it. If they come calling, we can worry about it then. In the meantime, let’s get on with the business of self-publishing…
Catherine Ryan Howard is a writer, self-publisher and caffeine enthusiast from Cork, Ireland. SELF-PRINTED: THE SANE PERSON’S GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING (3rd edition) is out now in paperback and e-book and available from Amazon. Follow the #selfprintedsplash on Twitter today (Friday 24th) and/or visit www.catherineryanhoward.com for chance to win an amazing prize that will get your self-publishing adventure started!