Deadly Ever After

The Hardest Paragraph To Write: The Synopsis

Trying to sum up 300 or so pages of months and years worth of blood, sweat, and tears in one paragraph is not an easy task-especially when the purpose of that paragraph is to entice people to want to read your book.  That is exactly the task at hand when writing a synopsis, what you find when you read the back cover, what is probably the driving force behind whether or not you decide to commit to reading the rest of the novel.  Therefore, it needs to be a concise and well-oiled machine.

Julie and I struggled with these single paragraphs more than we did writing any other parts of our whole books.  We have always prided ourselves on being able to work through writer’s block, singlehandedly or together, but finally, we seemed to meet our match!  We’ve spent so much time with these characters, and now in just sentences, we need to make you love them as much as we do.

So, here are our sales pitches–do they make you want more?

Immortal Dilemma
(Kristen)

College freshman Callie can’t wait to leave the confines of her sheltered life on Martha’s Vineyard to reconnect with her first love, Tristan.  Finding him is easy–he is the face of the explosive Vegas vampire rock scene and the star of his own reality show.  Getting close to this larger than life rockstar is more of a challenge.  Callie must weave her way through a constant stream of insatiable groupies, security guards, paparazzi, and all the other complexitites of Tristan’s fame to try to save him from himself.  She finds herself drawn to him by some inexplicable force, and finds what she’s looking for where she least expects it.  What is she willing to do for her happily ever after?

Running Home
(Julie)

Ellie Morgan is used to losing everything.  She thought she was comfortable with her life as an advertising executive, until she and her best friend both became captivated with newcomers to their secluded New Hampshire town.  When fate connects her to Nicholas French, she is enthralled by his supernatural allure and his belief that she is meant for so much more.  Ellie struggles to reconcile falling in love with the vampire who gives her the home she longs for, while being forced to make impossible choices, and sacrifice the unthinkable.

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3 thoughts on “The Hardest Paragraph To Write: The Synopsis

  1. Writing a synopsis is hard because you’re not telling a story anymore; you’re selling it. I think a winning combination for this kind of writing is to start with a really gripping sentence –avoid opening with setting or any other Once Upon A Time examples– and close with a question or mystery.

    This is only my opinion of course, and it’s too much of a mold to work for everybody.

    I think in both examples you’ve done a great job for yourselves.

    • Joe! our new favorite person. Thank you for being the first stranger to give us such encouraging words. I feel as though I would like to frame them in something gold and obnoxiously large and hang it for all to see on my front door. Great advice, too…I will be sending out agent queries soon, and will take all advice into account, that’s for sure……..Julie

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