How to Write a Novel Synopsis

How to Write a Novel Synopsis

There comes a time in every writer’s life where they’re asked to write a synopsis of their book. Not to be confused with sales copy (which is persuasive marketing to get readers to buy your book) the synopsis discloses a book’s entire narrative arc. It divulges to an agent or publisher what happens in your story, from start to finish. And it reveals all the twists and surprises that are held back from your reader. A synopsis needs to convince an agent or publisher that your premise is exciting and marketable. It assures them that character actions and motivations make sense. On the flip side, it can reveal plot flaws, lack of structure or hackneyed or cliched ideas.

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Favorite Reads of 2019.

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It’s that time of year again! Time to post my favorite reads from last year. 2019 wasn’t the best reading year for me – I fell ten books short of my Goodreads reading challenge of eighty books. But I also read a lot of great books! Here are my five-star reads from 2019!

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Comics for People Who Don’t Like Comics

comics for people who don't love comics

It’s almost impossible to walk into a movie theatre nowadays and not see a Super Hero movie emblazoned on the marquee.  The market is completely oversaturated with the latest Marvel and DC movies and doesn’t show any sign of stopping.  There were a select few that appealed to me – Wonderwoman and Black Panther, for instance.  But for the most part, it was hard to see myself reflected in the superhero universe.

The Superhero formula seems to be teams of 4 to 5 cis, white men and a single female (who invariably has a sexy, impractical costume unlike her male counterparts).  But there’s still hope for you if these comics (and their movie counterparts) don’t appeal.

Here are some of my favorite – female-led, diverse, LGBTQIA, and body-positive – comics and graphic novels.

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Rainbow Reads: Pride Month Picks!

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June is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean your LGBTQIA reading list has to end.  Here are some of my favorite LGBTQIA books to keep your pride going all year long.

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Life is Too Short: Learning to D.N.F.

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I’ll probably die with a giant list of T.B.R. (To Be Read) books.  I’ve mostly come to terms with this.  One lifetime is simply not enough to devour all of life’s stories.  In some ways, there’s even something comforting about having a Scherazade’s stockpile of tales.  If you’re a reader, you’ll always have a friend.  You’ll have always have new stories to look forward to.  And you’ll never, ever run out of words.

The problem is…knowing when to give up.

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Favorite Reads of 2018

2018 favorite reads

If you’re stuck in a dreaded reading slump or haven’t picked up a book since Catcher in the Rye in High School English but don’t know where to start, here’s a list that might help.  I read a lot of books in 2018 – some great, some not so great.  But the following books were standouts to me.  I mostly read Young Adult and Fantasy Fiction, but there are some variations, such as Historical Fiction and Mystery.  If you’re interested in seeing all the books I’ve read in 2018, check out my Goodreads.

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