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The synopsis and press release scare the hell out of me

Okay – so you’ve gone through the blood, sweat and tears of writing and editing your novel. And now you have to get people to read it, be they a publisher or, hopefully, the reading public. So how do you sell your baby in a few words?

I am not even going to pretend that I am the person to help you here – except to point you to some resources that can. While I am currently editing/revising New Life Across the Ocean, if asked to: 

  1. write the synopsis
  2. write the press release

I would be completely stumped. I know these characters and the novel like I know the back of my hand. But the prospect of describing it to someone else in a limited amount of words … too scary.

So lets hold hands and go through this together. Firstly, let’s look at the synopsis. It has to make people want to read the book, right? Without needing a spoiler alert, I think. Here is a link to an excellent article by Glen C Strathy, outlining step-by-step how to write a synopsis that will do just that. I’ve read it through and, while I can see that it will take some work – especially since I’m a ‘pantser’ when it comes to writing, it will guide me through getting a synopsis together.

And then there is the book release. I guess you only really need this if you are publishing independently, but it is handy knowledge to have. Now this link I am going to give you is a bit like an ad in itself, but the information it gives rings true, so certainly worth a look: How to write a book press release.

So, if you are ready for these steps, go for it! If, like me, you are hoping to get to that stage soon, start getting familiar with the methods you need to employ to not only become a published author but an author that is read.



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Kerry A Waight - Author

A writer of historical fiction and paranormal stories.

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