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THE DILEMMA: Traditional v Self-Publishing

Without an agent, your labour of love, AKA your novel, isn't going anywhere and, with each rejection, you are engulfed by an overwhelming urge to self-publish. A few of your friends, as well as people you have never met, have read it and given you favourable feedback, but if your MS isn't attracting an agent, then maybe you should think twice as to whether your labour of love is worthy of self-publication. Over a million authors self-published during 2017, so there is plenty of competition out there.  But, before you chuck your manuscript in the bin, be buoyed up by this... Stephen King’s first big novel, Carrie, was rejected 30 times. He tossed it in the wastebasket but his wife fished it out. He earned $39 million in 2012. I am impatient, true to my birth sign, Aries, but my dotage years are too close for comfort, so I need to get on and resolve my dilemma. Cultivating patience and continue to try and find an agent to work with, or give way to my impatience and join the ever-swelling ranks of the self-published? 

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Weekly Synopsis

Tuesday. Woke up feeling determined.   Spent most of the day editing the hell out of the first three chapters, before going back to the ultimate self-torture... the ****ing synopsis.

The Abominable Synopsis

Capturing the essence of a 90,000 words (±) novel is a bloody nightmare. We spend weeks, months and years, scripting stories, creating characters, in 500; is a bloody nightmare. Or is it because and I'm trying too hard too hard in my attempts to wow a potential agent?  

The things I do to try and get myself into print…

"You can't really go wrong if you aim for 500-800 words and, for sure, keep the thing to less than 1,000 words. Agents asking for a 1-page synopsis are being unrealistic. Anyone who wants more than 1,000 words doesn't know what a synopsis is." Jerichowriters.com Thank you Jericho Writers, I keep reminding myself of this.... Continue Reading →

300 WORD SYNOPSIS: Getting it Right … without losing the plot …

I've been at it for 5 hours ... today that is.  I've lost count of the total amount of hours I've already spent trying to achieve a 300-word killer synopsis and feel like I could be losing the plot. Anyway ... back to the drawing board ... for however long it takes ... until the... Continue Reading →

How to write a synopsis without tearing your hair out …

It doesn't matter don't how long it takes you to finish writing your book. Every time I read through/edit mine, I know I can do better. Writing 75,000 words is a walk in the park compared to condensing it on to one page of A4, in double line spacing, which is nothing short of a bloody nightmare. As for the query letter? I haven't got that far yet.

Writing a Synopsis … Aaaaggghh!

How difficult can it be?  You've written the bloody book right?  You know the story inside out right? So, why oh why  is writing the goddam synopsis so damn difficult?!!!!!!!!!!

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