What is that JUNK in Your Synopsis?
Recently I went on a children’s literature and middle grades reading binge. I needed to step away from grown ups and drama for a while.
After reviewing 50+ of these books, I was struck by how much JUNK was in the synopsis for so many of these books on Goodreads. For some, there wasn’t even a synopsis of the book! It was promotional filler for the author’s other ventures. I have to admit that I was bothered by this. Why is all this other crud allowed in the synopsis?
I also noticed that some of the descriptions were very lengthy and gave everything away! Why!? The journey and wonders of the book are now spoiled for readers.
I read a synopsis to get a grasp of the genre and main points of the book. For most of us, it’s the guide that helps us determine if we add it to our TBR or if we bypass it.
I understand that many of those who have filler junk in their synopsis are self-published and self-promoting and I think that’s wonderful, but come on, your book synopsis is not the place! If it’s too full of other junk, it makes me think the author didn’t have enough time and that the book will also be of poor quality.
A bad synopsis – too long, too detailed, too much unnecessary, unrelated crap – can be killer for your readership. For me, it is a total turn off and it makes me view the author in a lesser light.
A synopsis should always be concise and ambiguous. This way the main points are highlighted briefly and the major parts of the book are not ruined.