Perfecting Your Book Synopsis

What’s a perfect book synopsis? Well, there’s no such thing. Every book has its own unique selling points that must be featured in the book synopsis if you plan to connect with your reader.

There are, however, a few key things that should be included in each synopsis for the best possible results. Any time someone makes a decision to buy something, they want to know what’s in it for them (commonly called WIIFM in the sales world). Your synopsis should answer that question.

Certainly you should be sure that your synopsis includes information about your book. While writing it, though, make sure that it isn’t stuffed with information about your book and nothing about what the reader will get from it.

Here are a few example WIIFM statements from a few of the most popular genres (any title mentions are not intentional – these titles were all made up while writing this post):

  • Fiction/Children’s: Bobo and the Bunny will teach your children about teamwork in a delightfully entertaining way.
  • Self-Help: Overcoming a Severe Eating Disorder reveals practical solutions to overcoming both overeating and issues such as bulimia and anorexia.
  • Business & Economics: Bootstrapping Your Business helps cash-strapped business owners learn how to stay afloat in a troubled economy.
  • Fiction/General: In The Wind Blows East, you follow Jesse on her journey to find love in all the wrong places.

After you provide a decent WIIFM statement (ideally at the beginning of your synopsis), you must go into the Who (who is your main character), What (what are they doing), When (when does the story take place), Where (where does the story take place), and Why (why is the character doing what they are doing). If you follow that “rule of thumb”, you will most likely be able to come up with a good synopsis for your book.

Have you already written the “perfect” book synopsis and all ready to start self-publishing your own book?

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