Wednesday, 13 March 2013

A Brilliant Guide to Writing a Book Synopsis

How to Write a Synopsis for Your Novel

by Glen C. Strathy

This article is by far the most helpful and instructive guide that I have read so far for aspiring novelists

in their quest to achieve representation or to obtain a professional edit/review of their work.

I have included the Bio information from Glen's blog but I have included a link to his site for the basic

guidance on synopsis writing.

Follow the link below or click on the title above to go to the article on writing a synopsis.

The whole blog is packed with useful expert information and I am grateful to Glen for this incredible

source of  helpful material on writing and getting published.

Who is Glen C. Strathy?

Glen C. Strathy has earned his a living as a freelance writer since 1999, writing non-fiction, direct response promotional copy, and fiction. Working with Stephen Leeb, he co-wrote The Coming Economic Collapse(Warner Business Books, 2006), which became both aNew York Times Business Bestseller and a Business WeekBestseller and contributed to Game Over (Business Plus, 2009). 
Glen's 2011 novel for 9-12 year-olds, Dancing on the Inside,was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and a Readers View Reviewers Choice Award. You can find out more about it at Glen Strathy's other website, or preview it below.

Glen holds a B.A. in English and Drama and an M.A. in English from the University of Western Ontario. He received a B.Ed. from Queen's University, Kingston after completing the Artist in Community Education program, and studied acting and directing at Ryerson Theatre School. He is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Glen lives with his wife, fellow writer Kaitlin Rainey, and their daughter in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Getting Published & other advice by Stephen Leather - Author

I just read a very interesting post on Stephen Leather's Author's website, the author of 25 thriller novels plus TV and other work, and I hope he does not mind me 'linking' this post to his website. I found the advice excellent for aspiring writers like myself who may tread the same path in trying to get a book deal.

His author's website has a fascinating insight into how he writes, how he started off after his career in journalism and contains great snippets of wisdom about writing, getting an agent, Getting Published and useful links to writer's reference books (see below).

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Friday, 20 April 2012

Writing a Synopsis?

I've written a book, I know how to write, I've got two books totaling 800 pages under my belt, so I know exactly how to write a synopsis to send to an editor or literary agent don't I?,

It's harder to write than a book because it has to be concise and yet explain the whole plot, the theme, the characters and the emotional conflicts and resolutions. Piece of cake.
I set about writing a synopsis for my second novel and thought that I would check around the twitterverse and see how 'the professionals' do it. I came across several articles but I was impressed by the advice by Rebecca Laffar-Smith on her blog The Craft of Writing Fiction.
I feel much happier now about the task and in a way looking forward to telling the story again, not in 100,000 words, but more like 3,000 words. Rebecca compares it to writing a short story, albeit a little more compressed and detailed.
I'm looking forward to rummaging around in her other posts which cover just about every aspect of writing, representation and publishing. 
Join Rebecca on twitter @laffarsmith 

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Shipwrecked Author

Felicity Lennie's "Book Island Castaway" Gregory Stenson - First Shipwrecked Author

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

My new look blog progress

Welcome folks to my new look blog page, which i am still formatting. I will use this page to discuss areas of writing, publishing and books in general. 

I will also add film and book reviews and other stuff that interests me and might interest other readers, it would be great to get some interraction going on.

Please visit my author page at and visit me at

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