Discussion: What Goes in Synopses
Kel Sunday, August 17, 2014 discussionI just finished Winterspell by Claire Legrand (check out my review on Thursday), and it has me thinking about what goes in book cover/jacket/flap copy- namely, the synopses. I hadn't really considered it before, but I expect certain information about a book to be present in or readily inferred from the synopsis.
I am generally able (and expect) to get an idea of the following from reading a synopsis:
- Love triangles - Usually, two guys/girls are mentioned and there's an accompanying "caught between," "must decide" phrase.
- Romance-heavy - If the synopsis talks a lot about feelings or emotions or ends on a question of whether a relationship will last.
Jacket copy is a marketing tool. I get that. Publishing professionals aren't just writing a brief summary to let readers know what the book's about. They're writing a summary that will hopefully draw you in. The synopses and quotes paraded on Goodreads and Amazon are saying, "Read me! Buy me!" I don't know tons about this process (and would love to hear from you PR/marketing-savvy folks), but I wonder if there aren't elements you downplay or omit in the synopses for certain books. Hmm...
What about you guys? Is there anything you look for or expect to find mentioned in book synopses?