I’m not very good at this. You would think it would be easy, being a writer and all. But actually, it’s really hard. Almost as hard as writing a synopsis for a novel or the back of the book blurb (I’m thankful to have a publisher who helps me out with that!).
The synopsis though, I have to write myself. After all, this could be the deciding factor in whether or not the publisher is willing to take a look at the novel. What’s so hard about it? You’ve just written a novel of 60,000 plus words and you can’t come up with a 400-word description of what it’s about?
I’ve seen various bits of advice about how to do this. One absolutely brilliant idea is to write a synopsis before you write the book. But that pre-supposes the concept that I will know what I’m going to write before I write it.
You can gather from this statement that I’m not a great plotter. My stories start with a few characters, a location, a situation…and go from there.
Pretty much like this blog. I started with the title and started writing.
Some people write fantastic blogs. I look forward to reading these. Fellow Affinity author, Annette Mori is particularly good at writing about her life, adding in funny memes and photos. I feel rather inferior by comparison.
(Stop reading this and head over to Annette’s blog. She may even have some cute kitten pictures to share as well.)
So, surprise, surprise! I’m going to fall back on promoting my next book. This is called Carved in Stone and it’s the third book of a trilogy (good that…trilogies come in threes, don’t they?).
My publisher had some reservations about publishing this. Book I sold well, Book II not so well, so why should they take a chance on the third? Especially as I no doubt submitted a crap synopsis.
Well, I’m pleased to say they did decide to go with it and the first two books are being re-released along with the third one on 5 February. They will all be available on Kindle Unlimited…so if you’re a subscriber, get in there!
What’s the book about? Now you’re asking. When I pitched the idea to them, it went like this:
The title is Carved in Stone. If you’ve read Arc Over Time you’ll know these are the last three words in the book. CiS starts immediately after the end of Arc. Jo has been left at the farm to look after the chickens and the cats while Robin and Ellie are at the Cartimandua exhibition in London. Awake in the night and hearing strange noises, she finally phones 999. One officer shows up to check things out and she becomes Jo’s love interest in the story. Interesting for Jo, as with her travelling lifestyle she’s never had a girlfriend with a proper job.
Meanwhile, Robin’s concerned about Ellie, who ever since seeing the reconstructed head of Cartimandua at the exhibition, has been ‘talking’ to her. Ellie says that the queen wants a proper re-burial with a monument. When it’s pointed out to her that this will cost a lot of money, the queen says that’s not an issue as there is a hoard of coins buried at the farm. (Venturing into the paranormal here!)
Kathryn and Den have their problems as well. Den realizes that Kathryn’s not ready for engagement, let alone marriage. Den huffs off to London and while she’s away Kathryn adopts an abandoned kitten (and the ice queen starts to melt, a little).
Robin decides to support Ellie’s conviction that she’s communicating with the long dead queen, and makes an effort to find the hidden hoard. She also hatches a cunning plan to get Den and Kathryn back together.
Max Fleetwood comes into it briefly as she attempts to reclaim Jasmine. So Steph and Jas go on a road trip up north – visiting both the farm and Durham.
And throughout all this, Jo and Ash (the police officer) are tentatively finding their way to love.
Carved in Stone has romance, adventure, a treasure hunt, and happy endings for all.
Some of this rambling made it into the back of the book blurb – see earlier note about how bad I am at writing these.
I don’t have a reservoir of cute kitten photos to fall back on, so this will have to do. She is the inspiration for the kitten in the story and was found on the doorstep shivering from the rain. (Unfortunately we couldn’t keep her because we’re both highly allergic. But we found her a good home…couldn’t leave you without a happy ending!)
5 February 2016 – make a note – Starting Over, Arc Over Time, Carved in Stone – all available from Amazon and on Kindle Unlimited too!
My dear Jen, I have followed your blog from its inception. I have also read books one and two in your trilogy thoroughly enjoying them both. I have appreciated both your blog and your first book which I believe is There Was A Time.
Your final products in my estimation do not indicate that you have a problem writing. However, your followers only get to see your *published* works.
Whoever is giving you the A-Okay sign for whatever you’ve written to then be presented to the public seems to be right on target.
I suggest you try not to lose him, her, or them as I have been told a fine editor is truly worth their weight in gold.
I hope you continue to write for as long as you have projected and I surmise that I am one of many who thoroughly enjoy and appreciate what you have published.
If you continue to have the jitters and feel inadequate, I believe that is not an uncommon part of being a successful writer. There may be those who breeze through, however I think they may be in the minority.
I certainly do hope that you continue writing for a long, long time!
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Great to hear from you. I will keep writing stories. It’s blogging I struggle with at times. And I have the Affinity team to thank for deciding what’s worthy of being published. They really are a joy to work with.
Thank you for your lovely comments. That’s the kind of feedback that is soothing to the soul of a writer.
I can relate so much to this! I struggle for topics sometimes, which is odd because my favorite thing to cover in my blog is making fun of myself and there is a considerable amount of material for that!
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I love your blogs – they always seem very natural. I think making fun of yourself draws other people in, as they can relate to the situations.
I understand. You want a blurb that doesn’t give away the story, yet you need a hook. That’s another project I need to do. Thx for your inspiring blog! 😄