Jonathan Eyers

Jonathan Eyers - Ghostwriter

London, UK

I have been an editor at Bloomsbury Publishing for over a decade, and am also the author of five books of fiction and non-fiction.

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Overview

(Please note I am ONLY providing my synopsis-writing service at this time, and only for fiction. I am NOT available for ghost-writing full-length novels or non-fiction books.)

Everyone else hates writing a synopsis, but I love it! It's about getting to the very core of what a story is about, who the characters are, and the journey you take them on.

But I completely appreciate that it is a real challenge to reduce a 50,000 or 80,000 or even 100,000-word novel into a single page. So why not get me to do it for you?

I have written countless synopses in my time, both for my own books and other people's. I don't usually need to read the entire manuscript first - I can often work out the most important details from a chapter by chapter breakdown of the entire plot.

If you hire me to write your synopsis, I will need you to send me detailed notes on your entire novel. 5 to 10 pages would be ideal, but if you have already had a go at writing your own synopsis and can't seem to get it down to the right length, you can send that instead. If I have any questions about plot or characters I will ask before writing my first draft, and then if you wish you can provide feedback for me to incorporate. I will also provide brief editorial advice if I believe there are structural issues with your novel that become apparent when writing your synopsis.

I aim to turn all synopses around within 10 working days.
Services
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children’s Non-Fiction
History
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Young Adult

Work experience

Commissioning Editor

Bloomsbury Publishing
January, 2007 – Present (about 15 years)

My very first job in publishing involved reading unsolicited manuscripts so I quickly became adept at spotting common problems with book ideas and writing, sometimes from the very first line. I have lost count of the number of books I saw through, as a desk editor, from raw manuscript to printed copies, but I am now a commissioning editor - the guy who gets to look for the books we publish next.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

The Thieves of Pudding Lane: A story of the Great Fire of London (Flashbacks)

Jonathan Eyers

Gripping historical adventure set in the Great Fire of London. A young boy orphaned by the Plague learns to survive as a thief on the streets of London - until fire breaks out... London, 1666. Orphaned by the Great Plague, Sam is soon starving on the streets - and desperate enough to steal some bread. He's quickly recruited as one of sinister Uncle Jack's children, and taught to pick pockets. ... read more

Gripping historical adventure set in the Great Fire of London. A young boy orphaned by the Plague learns to survive as a thief on the streets of London - until fire breaks out... London, 1666. Orphaned by the Great Plague, Sam is soon starving on the streets - and desperate enough to steal some bread. He's quickly recruited as one of sinister Uncle Jack's children, and taught to pick pockets. ... read more

Final Voyage: The World's Worst Maritime Disasters

Jonathan Eyers

Everyone knows the story of the Titanic, but in terms of loss of life that catastrophe doesn't even figure as one of the 50 worst maritime disasters of the last three hundred years. The causes of disaster are legion: besides icebergs and enemy torpedoes, ships have been sunk by fire, explosions, flooding, capsizing, storms, collisions and human error.Ships featured include:Wilhelm Gustloff - h... read more

Everyone knows the story of the Titanic, but in terms of loss of life that catastrophe doesn't even figure as one of the 50 worst maritime disasters of the last three hundred years. The causes of disaster are legion: besides icebergs and enemy torpedoes, ships have been sunk by fire, explosions, flooding, capsizing, storms, collisions and human error.Ships featured include:Wilhelm Gustloff - h... read more

How to Snog a Hagfish!: Disgusting Things in the Sea

Jonathan Eyers

For the majority of people, seasickness is the most unpleasant thing they experience at sea. However, beneath the surface is a whole other world, and a lot of it could turn all but the strongest stomachs.When attacked, the hagfish (also known as the slime eel) ties itself in a knot that travels the length of its body, squeezing out mucus by the bucketful and making it impossible for a predator... read more

For the majority of people, seasickness is the most unpleasant thing they experience at sea. However, beneath the surface is a whole other world, and a lot of it could turn all but the strongest stomachs.When attacked, the hagfish (also known as the slime eel) ties itself in a knot that travels the length of its body, squeezing out mucus by the bucketful and making it impossible for a predator... read more

Yacht Were You Thinking?: An A-Z of Boat Names Good and Bad

Jonathan Eyers

Often the culmination of many years of dreaming and penny-pinching, the purchase of a boat of any size is a huge event for any sailor, and with that comes serious naming pressure. Naming a boat can be as personal as naming a baby. Many boat owners have a secret fear that someone else got their brilliantly original name first--or ruined their chosen name forever by co-opting it for their disgra... read more

Often the culmination of many years of dreaming and penny-pinching, the purchase of a boat of any size is a huge event for any sailor, and with that comes serious naming pressure. Naming a boat can be as personal as naming a baby. Many boat owners have a secret fear that someone else got their brilliantly original name first--or ruined their chosen name forever by co-opting it for their disgra... read more

Don't Shoot the Albatross!: Nautical Myths and Superstitions

Jonathan Eyers

Sailors are a notoriously superstitious lot - even if some won't admit it. Years of taking to the water, at the mercy of uncontrollable (and sometimes deadly) forces, have led even the wisest to seek ways of influencing the gods or fate. From bad omens and odd rituals to lucky tokens and forbidden words, the superstitions of the sea are legion.Many of these superstitions have refused to go awa... read more

Sailors are a notoriously superstitious lot - even if some won't admit it. Years of taking to the water, at the mercy of uncontrollable (and sometimes deadly) forces, have led even the wisest to seek ways of influencing the gods or fate. From bad omens and odd rituals to lucky tokens and forbidden words, the superstitions of the sea are legion.Many of these superstitions have refused to go awa... read more

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